German newspaper gives its verdict on Arsenal’s reported Xhaka deal

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Arsenal have reportedly struck a deal for Granit Xhaka.

German newspaper Bild have suggested that Borussia Monchengladbach are getting a super deal for Granit Xhaka as they feel Arsenal are paying slightly over the odds for the midfielder.

According to a number of media outlets, the Gunners have all but signed the talented holding midfielder after pictures emerged of the player posing in an Arsenal shirt in front of the cameras.

The Daily Mail reports that a £35 million deal has been struck, and the Switzerland international will pick up a cool £110,000 a week on a contract which will run through to the end of the 2020-21 season.

Arsenal have undoubtedly missed having a proper holding midfielder to partner Francis Coquelin, and on numerous occasions before their vulnerability in midfield has been exposed by the opposition.

Many consider this a deal which is long overdue, yet German publication Bild feel of the two clubs it is Monchengladbach who are getting the better of it as they describe it as a super deal.

“His estimated transfer value is £19 million, therefore £35 million is a steep price for the Swiss international. He had a contract until 2019, yet at the end of next season he could have gone for around £21 million as a result of a clause. Gladbach have landed a super deal,” Bild wrote.

While Arsenal may end up paying over the odds for him, the result of increased financial gains in the Premier League means that the top clubs can afford to stretch their budgets this summer.

The Gunners will also likely eye a top quality striker with Danny Welbeck ruled out with a long-term injury, while at centre-back they ought to look for a replacement for the ageing Per Mertesacker.

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