Granit Xhaka has signed a new long-term contract extension with Arsenal which will keep him at the club until 2025, football.london understands.
The Swiss intentional signed for Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016, and has been more or less a mainstay in the Gunners side since Mikel Arteta took charge in December 2019 and even captained the team in their 2-0 defeat to Brentford on Friday.
There had been strong speculation that the 28-year-old could be set to end his five year stay in North London to join Jose Mourinho’s Roma side.
But after performing a surprise U-turn over his future Xhaka is now set to continue on as an Arsenal player having agreed a new deal that is set to last till 2025.
It’s quite the turnaround from the Swiss midfielder who had publicly admitted that he was open to a move to Roma while representing his country at EURO 2020.
“Arsenal know what I want to do… it is very beautiful here.”, he said while preparing for a group game against Italy in Rome.
football.london understands that he had agreed personal terms with the Serie A side, but after they were unable to meet Arsenal’s demands over a transfer fee the deal collapsed.
The news will be welcomed by Arteta who has consistently hailed Xhaka’s contribution to the team, and claimed in a pre-season friendly earlier this month that he would be saying.
“Granit is going to stay with us. He’s a player that we rate and value so much, he’s a key member of our squad,” said the Spaniard.
“He’s trained two days. He wanted to play today and I think it’s very clear commitment from his side that he wants to be here.”
Xhaka’s extension means that the Gunners are now unlikely to sign another central midfielder this summer, having already acquired Albert Sambi Lokonga.
Edu had been linked with moves for Sassuolo’s Manuel Locatelli, Brighton’s Yves Bissouma, and Ruben Neves of Wolves to name but a few.
The transfer window is in full swing and things are beginning to ramp up with Edu and Mikel Arteta’s dealings at the Emirates.
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But it seems now that with around two weeks left of the transfer window the Brazilian’s main focus is on securing a back up goalkeeper and a new creative midfielder, with Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard heavily linked.
There will also be a desire to get some players out of the club, with Joe Willock’s £25 million move to Newcastle the only permanent exit so far this summer.