Ok, we’ll admit it, basically the only reason we’re writing this article is for the headline, but dammit it’s worth it. And it’s an Interlull anyway, we’re trying to give you stuff to read.
Via Sport Witness come reports from Germany that Arsenal have sounded out Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka for a summer move to North London.
Bild say that the Gunners have been in touch with the player’s father and an agent called Andy Gross, and suggest a €45m transfer fee is in the offing. There are also details of what the player will earn and more.
As well as that, they reprint a snippet of an interview Xhaka gave in January about a possible move to Arsenal and how his favoured number, 34, is already being worn by Francis Coquelin.
TF: 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.
TF: You’ve already called?
Granit Xhaka: Yes, I’ve spoken with him, he would like to take another number (laughs).
The player has also been linked with a move to Liverpool so if both clubs come calling you could say that Granit might be caught between a rock and a hard place.
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