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.”