Arsenal dealt transfer blow in pursuit of Granit Xhaka


Arsenal have been dealt a blow in the pursuit of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka this summer.

The Swiss had been targeted by Arsene Wenger for couple of months, as one of the new recruitments for the Gunners midfield as a major rebuilding of the team is envisaged in the summer.

Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-chamberlain are all expected to exit the club at the end of the season.

The midfield is a major concern for Wenger and he has been confident of bringing the player to the Emirates Stadium.

However, the latest reports, according to German media outlet Express, revealing that Xhaka could decide to remain in Germany ahead of a potential move to Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich could have dashed any hope of bringing him to the Premier League.

The highly rated midfielder may seems contented to remain at Monchengladbach next season after the Bavarians registered their interest him. The 23-year-old reportedly prefers to stay another year with his club till 2017 in order to secure a move to Bayern.

Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso still has a year left on his current contract at the Allianz Arena and Xhaka is being considered as an ideal replacement for him.

Equally, Arsenal could yet lose out on another midfield target according to Tribalfottball. The source claimed that Borussia Dortmund are not too willing to sell Julian Weigl this summer and coach Thomas Tuchel is planning to him give more opportunities next season.

The defensive midfielder who joined Dortmund from 1860 Munich last summer has been in impressive form this season and is contracted to the club until 2019.

There were reports linking the 20-year-old German to Manchester City in the winter but the Tribalfootball believe his Dortmund teammate Ilkay Gundogan is likely to make the switch to the Etihad Stadium instead.

Wenger could take solace in the fact that Mohamed Elneny has stepped in well in the defensive midfield. there are other departments in the team that needs urgent strengthening like the wings and the striking department.

What the club needs now is a lethal striker who could convert those Ozil’s assists into goals.

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