Arsenal bluster with lowball Xhaka bid, should Tottenham steal in to sign him?

Frustrated at finishing behind their rivals, should Tottenham get an early revenge over Arsenal this summer?

Arsenal fans were in hysterics last Sunday as they climbed above Tottenham on the final day of the season, but there may be an instant way for their North London rivals to wipe the smile off their faces.

They don't even have to wait until next season either - it simply requires making a big - and necessary - investment in the team by beating the Gunners to the signature of Granit Xhaka.

Xhaka has been touted as Arsenal's number one transfer target this summer as they look to add competition for Francis Coquelin in midfield and replace Mikel Arteta.

The Swiss international is a tough tackling holding player who plays for Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach, but reports suggest Arsenal are making a ham-fisted attempt of negotiations.

German newspaper Bild report Arsenal's bid of €25 million (£19.1m) is considerably short of the €40m (£30.7m) Gladbach are demanding.

The fee is a lot of money but buying top quality players from Champions League level clubs (Gladbach finished fourth alst season in the Bundesliga) means paying a premium.

Why do Tottenham need him?

Granit Xhaka may be just the type of player Arsenal require, but he is also a star who Tottenham could really do with too.

Their lack of quality midfield depth was exposed in the last two games of the season with Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele suspended, culminating in them surrendering second place to the Gunners.

23-year-old Xhaka would fit into Tottenham's philosophy of buying young, while he also has Champions League experience from his time at Basel, helping the Swiss side to a win over Manchester United as a teenager.

He is a player reported to be on Spurs' radar, with London 24 reporting in January that Tottenham were keeping a close eye on him.

Signing Xhaka would throw Arsenal's plans off course and strengthen their own squad, sending a message that they mean business despite a late season collapse.

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