Swiss international, Granit Xhaka, is reportedly nearing a £21.5 million transfer to Bayer Leverkusen. Initial reports had suggested a transfer fee around £13 million, but recent developments suggest that an agreement of €25 million has been reached between the two clubs. This move will mark Xhaka’s return to the Bundesliga, a significant shift in his football career.
Xhaka played a vital role for Arsenal last season, scoring nine goals and providing seven assists from an advanced position. However, with his contract set to expire in 12 months, Arsenal has decided to monetize his current market value. The completion of Xhaka’s move to Germany is expected in the coming days, marking a new chapter in his professional journey after his 297 Appearances for Arsenal.
This transfer is distinct from the ongoing negotiations about Declan Rice’s potential move to Arsenal. The club continues to discuss terms with West Ham over a deal that could see the England international move to North London for a record-breaking fee of up to £105 million.
Adding to their midfield options, Arsenal has also recently secured Chelsea’s Kai Havertz in a £65 million deal. Positive discussions are also ongoing with Ajax regarding Jurrien Timber’s potential move. Xhaka’s imminent departure will conclude his seven-year stint at Arsenal, a tenure marked by significant contributions, some controversy, and undeniably, a strong impact on the team’s performance.