Bayer Leverkusen eager to sign £100,000-a-week Arsenal midfielder

Bayer Leverkusen are targeting a move for Granit Xhaka and have reportedly held discussions with Arsenal to explore a potential transfer. While there’s no real need for the Gunners to consider a sale of Switzerland international, their chase of Tielemans may suggest they could be open to the possibility.

Xhaka has constantly divided the Gunners fanbase to the extent that many sections of the audience want him gone from the club. Yet, the coaches he has played under at Arsenal have trusted in his abilities as Granit has been a permanent fixture in the starting line-up for the last five campaigns.

Last summer, the 29-year-old midfielder came close to departing the Gunners amidst heavy interest from Roma. However, the Italians never agreed on a fee with the PL side, and the Swiss midfielder stayed at the club, signing a new three-year contract.

The Spanish coach heavily relied on the midfielder throughout the campaign as the Gunners finished fifth in the PL and secured a place in the Europa League. Speculation around Granit’s possible departure has increased of late, but the midfielder recently reiterated his commitment to Emirates Stadium and insisted he could see out his deal.

The German giants have representatives in London as they look to take Granit back to the Bundesliga. However, it is not yet clear if Xhaka would be open to a return to the German top flight. The Swiss midfielder does not have any reason to depart the London club and could stay at the club for the coming campaign.