Granit Xhaka 2022-23

Granit Xhaka is the subject of continued interest from Bayer Leverkusen and has told teammates of a desire to return to the Bundelsiga

WHAT HAPPENED? Xhaka’s Arsenal future remains up in the air with Bayer Leverkusen expressing a continued interest in the Swiss midfielder’s services, according to Sky Germany. The 30-year-old is heading into the final year of his Arsenal contract and despite establishing himself as a key player for Mikel Arteta, can ‘imagine’ a return to the Bundesliga, according to the report.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Leverkusen have long held interest in Xhaka, coming close to striking a deal last summer before he managed to turn around his fortunes at Arsenal under Arteta, solidifying their midfield in a season that has seen them push for the Premier League title. He has told teammates of the idea about returning to the German top flight, with a move more likely in 2024 when he could leave for free.

AND WHAT’S MORE: Arsenal signed Xhaka in 2016 after he’d spent four years in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach and previously captained the club, before losing it to Martin Odegaard following a number of disciplinary issues over the years. Leverkusen are keen for an ‘aggressive leader’ in midfield and can imagine in principle signing the player next summer.

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WHAT NEXT? Xhaka would be able to discuss terms with other clubs from January next year should he not sign a new contract with the Gunners, ahead of a potential pre-contract agreement.