Report: Borussia Monchengladbach open contract talks with former Liverpool target Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka looks set to sign a new contract with Gladbach, having been linked with a move to Liverpool last year.

The Swiss international midfielder was a transfer target for Premier League side Liverpool last term, with the official Reds website referencing talkSPORT’s story during the summer.

No move came around for the 22-year-old, and he remained with Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach, whom he signed for in 2012, having progressed through Basel’s youth academy. Having stayed with the German club, he has made 14 league appearances and scored one goal this term from his high-energy midfield role.

Considering how well he has impressed in Germany, it has been a surprise to not see Brendan Rodgers’ side linked with the 33-capped Swiss international this month, especially with the confirmed departure of Steven Gerrard and the ability of Xhaka to act as a long-term replacement for the club legend.

With four-and-a-half years left on his contract, it is likely a fee would have to be fairly large for Gladbach to even enter negotiations with the Merseyside-based club, but a new report has suggested that the fee will have to be even bigger in the coming months if the Reds renew their interest.

As outlined by TMW, Gladbach officials and Xhaka’s father-agent have opened talks to further extend his already long contract to tie his future down in Germany, with the previous interest in the 22-year-old making the German side wary of a potential move away in the future.

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