Bundesliga giants Borussia Monchengladbach are ready to do their best and keep Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka in Bundesliga and have warned Arsenal that their offer matching the player’s €30m (£24m) release clause would be rejected, as they want to prise the Switzerland international away to Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger thought to be a huge admirer of Swiss star and planning to try and convince Gladbach midfielder to make Emirates switch.
Xhaka has also made plain that he would be keen on a move to England. In February he described playing in the Premier League as a “childhood dream”, whilst he has previously joked about his desire to wear the No.34 shirt at Arsenal.
The North London club are among a throng of sides interested in recruiting Xhaka, with Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky,are all out of contract at the end of the campaign and linked with a departure from Emirates.
The Switzerland international has a contract with German club until 2019, and with his club holding the upper hand in negotiations they are read to swat away any interest in the player. Arsenal are expected to ramp up their interest in the coming months, but sporting director Max Eberl says even an offer that would trigger Xhaka’s release will be rejected.
“They need not even send the fax with a €30m offer for Granit Xhaka, I fear it could get very tumultuous regarding rumours in summer,” he said, according to The Evening Standard. “There is currently no offer from England. I’ll keep you up to date when the first faxes roll in. Our club has become sexy. We’ve undergone a fantastic development. It’s obviously our dream to play in the Champions League again, but dreams are hard to achieve.”
Arsene Wenger’s side haven’t given up in their pursuit of Ligue 1 defender Marquinhos.
However, earlier today famous Football website Goal reported that the Brazilian defender has already agreed terms with Champions League and La Liga winners.
Premier League duo Arsenal and Man United are still hopeful in their pursuit of the 21-year-old star.
Marquinhos is behind his nationals David Luiz and Thiago Silva in the pecking order at Ligue 1 champions and has struggled for first-team opportunities during his time with the Paris club.
He has previously stated his desire to leave the Ligue 1 champions in his quest for regular playing time. PSG signed Marquinhos three years ago for £25million from AS Roma.
Gunners have been linked with a move for Championship side Hull City left-back Andy Robertson.
The 22-year-old starlet has emerged as one of the top defensive prospects in English football following his move from Dundee United in 2014.
LVG’s side are also reportedly keeping an eye on the Scotland international, but the report claims that the Gunners are currently the favourites to sign the player in the summer. Robertson is valued at £15 million by the Tigers
Former Sevilla striker Calros Bacca’s agent has revealed that he holds regular talks with Italian giants AC Milan over the striker’s future amid Gunners links.
Bacca has only joined Milan from La Liga giants Sevilla last summer but reports suggest he could leave for a Champions League club and Arsenal are ready to give him that opportunity.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with the Colombia international, with Arsene Wenger expected to add to their forward ranks before the start of next campaign.
German giants Bayern Munich are also said to be keen, while the Chinese Super League could seal the deal.
And his agent has revealed clubs have been in contact over a proposed summer exit.
“Milan signed him to score goals, and that’s what he’s doing,” Sergio Barila told Estadio Deportivo.
“Carlos is calm, he wants to win the Coppa Italia and qualify for next year’s Europa League.
“I often speak with Milan, and they tell me they’re happy with him. He still has many years on his contract with the Rossoneri.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the summer, but Bacca’s idea and that of the club was that of rebuilding a new Milan that would be great in Europe. At least that’s what they signed for.
“We’ll have to see whether the player or the club change their minds on that. Many teams asked about him in January, even in China.
“But Bacca told us that he wanted to stay in Milan. Recently these teams contacted me again with a view to the next transfer market.
“It’s only normal that top teams should be after a great player like him.”