Granit Xhaka’s move to AS Roma now only depends on sorting out the final details, with the Serie A club seemingly now willing to pay Arsenal’s asking price.
Sky Sport Italia (via Football-Italia) report that they’re now confident the final details of Granit Xhaka’s long-awaited transfer from Arsenal to AS Roma are being worked out. Negotiations have dragged on all summer, but appear to be reaching a conclusion.
As we covered earlier this week, Arsenal aren’t budging on their €20m valuation of the midfielder, a fact Sky appear to agree on. For that reason, Charles Watts suggested a deal wasn’t as close as some in the Italian media were claiming.
But Calciomercato.it now claim a deal will be done at that €20m Arsenal wanted. Sky add Roma are still trying to work add-ons and bonuses into that €20m price though.
Arsenal initially turned down a €15m bid from Roma earlier in the summer, and the suggestion from RomaPress at the time was that they didn’t intend to raise their offer. But it has long been clear that if they didn’t, the Gunners wouldn’t sell.
If Roma and Arsenal don’t reach an agreement imminently, Xhaka should be set to join back up with Mikel Arteta’s squad in the coming days.
Xhaka’s minimum three-week post-Euros holiday is up today, so there’s no reason he shouldn’t be back soon if he doesn’t leave.