Report: Arsenal negotiating deal for Granit Xhaka, Gunners open bidding early

Arsenal have reportedly opened the bidding for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.

According to a report from The Mirror, Arsenal have opened talks with Borussia Monchengladbach about signing midfielder Granit Xhaka - and have started the bidding at £24m.

The Gunners have endured a frustrating season, as both Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur sit above them in the Premier League table, piling pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.

Much of the criticism has been aimed at Wenger's transfer activity, as in the last 12 months he has only signed two first-team players - Petr Cech and Mohamed Elneny.

Now, whilst Elneny is a midfielder, fans are still keen to see a major central midfielder come in this summer to shore up the middle of the park, and it seems that Wenger is also looking at that, and has a top target in mind.

The Mirror report that Borussia Monchengladbach star Granit Xhaka is wanted by Arsenal, and the Gunners have actually opened talks with the Bundesliga side about a summer deal, with Wenger no doubt keen to land the 23-year-old before he plays for Switzerland at this summer's European Championships.

Xhaka, formerly of Basel, has starred in Germany ever since his 2012 move, racking up almost 150 appearances for Gladbach whilst becoming one of the most impressive central midfielder in Europe.

A left footed playmaker with great passing range and a fearsome long shot, Xhaka would be a huge signing for Arsenal - but that comes at a price.

The report suggests that Arsenal have opened the bidding at £24m, but Gladbach are holding out for a huge £32m, meaning there is still plenty of work to be done, but Arsenal are allegedly confident of landing their man this summer.

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