The Swiss midfielder has seen a summer stint in Italy hinted at, with the 28-year-old apparently leaving a door open for Jose Mourinho
Granit Xhaka left the door open for Jose Mourinho and Roma to step up for his services this summer, the Swiss midfielder saying, when asked about his future plans: “Arsenal know what I want to do.”
The 28-year-old has spent the past five years at Emirates Stadium, with 220 appearances on the line.
He is on a contract until 2023 and has seen consistent playing time under Mikel Arteta, but a move to Serie A heavyweight Roma has been hinted at and Xhaka is apparently willing to explore that option.
What was said?
Xhaka is currently competing in Euro 2020 with Switzerland, with the pre-match press conference for a round of 16 meeting with France held just outside Rome.
Asked by a journalist if he enjoyed his stay in the Italian capital, the fighter replied: “It’s very pleasant, yes.”
Pressed further on whether he has informed the Gunners of his desire to move forward in the current window, Xhaka added: “Arsenal know what I want to do.”
Will a move be made?
Arsenal invested £ 35million ($ 49million) in Xhaka when it acquired Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2016.
Roma have reportedly seen a £ 13million ($ 18million) bid pushed back, with those in north London not willing to take such a big hit on the fees they paid.
Xhaka has however at times been a divisive figure, hitting supporters of his own club at some point, and a expressed his pride in attracting admiring glances from Mourinho.
He said he is on the wish list of new Roma manager: “To be honest I didn’t hear what Mourinho said about me. But that makes you proud. Everyone knows Mourinho, knows this he accomplished Mourinho knows how to win titles.
“You can now see what work I have been doing over the past few years.”
The Gunners could potentially strike a deal as they are linked with a number of reinforcements in the midfield, including Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga, Wolves star Ruben Neves and Leicester playmaker James Maddison.