It seems Arsenal may have another big midfield signing coming in the January window…
Granit Xhaka currently plays his football with Borussia Monchengladbach and The Independent reported earlier this week that Arsenal were weighing up a bid for the 23-year-old.
Although no one was quite sure how much truth there was to the report, Gladbach’s sporting director, Max Eberl, suggested the potential deal was very much real stating that the club would consider selling the Switzerland international if the right bid came in.
“There are always situations a club has to give consideration to. It depends on our sporting success, it depends on the performance of Granit.
“It also depends on the numbers being offered by clubs, which can go into levels that make you dizzy.”
Today, the initial rumours have very much transformed into a genuinely likely transfer as Granit Xhaka has openly stated that he is determined to play in the Premier League and that he has already spoken with Francis Coquelin about taking the number 34 from him should he move to the club.
“Whether it’s two games or 100, I want to play there [in the Premier League].”
Xhaka has a tattoo of the number 34 as it was his first shirt number at Basel. Similar to Bastian Schweinstieger’s situation at Manchester United (he took the number 31 jersey from Fellaini upon completing his move to Old Trafford), Xhaka is determined to wear the number 34 wherever he plays.
Speaking about a potential move to the Emirates, Xhaka stated that he’s already spoken to Francis Coquelin and joked that the Arsenal midfielder has already given the OK for him to appropriate his jersey.
Check out the midfielder’s fascinating quotes from an interview with German publication Tor Fabrik below;
Tor Fabrik: What if tomorrow Arsene Wenger calls and wants to take you, but the number is already taken?
Granit Xhaka: It was also like that at Gladbach, with Amin Younes. And at Arsenal Coquelin has it.
Tor Fabrik: You’ve already called?
Granit Xhaka: Yes, I’ve spoken with him, he would like to take another number (laughs).