Arsenal transfer news: Roma in talks to sign Granit Xhaka, according to Sky in Italy

Roma are in talks to sign Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, according to Sky in Italy.

The Gunners want a fee in the region of £21.5m (€25m), however Roma want to pay something closer to £10m plus bonuses.

Xhaka was requested by new Roma boss Jose Mourinho, who was named as Paulo Fonseca’s replacement in May.

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The ex-Tottenham boss is understood to be an admirer of the Swiss international and said of Xhaka two years ago: “He is the most important man in the entire Arsenal midfield. He’s a true leader.”

Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016 for a fee in the region of £30m.

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He made 33 Premier League appearances during the 2020/21 season, scoring once, and has featured over 160 times in the league since his arrival five years ago.

The 28-year-old came close to leaving the Emirates Stadium in January 2020, amid reported interest from Hertha Berlin, but opted to stay in north London on that occasion.

Sky Sports News have contacted Arsenal for comment.

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