Borussia Monchengladbach's sporting director Max Eberl has confirmed that a bid has been made for midfielder Granit Xhaka but an agreement is yet to be reached with the club concerned. Arsenal are among the clubs interested in his services and have been primed to complete the transfer before the start of the European Championships in France.
The Gunners are in the market to ramp up their squad this summer, with manager Arsene Wenger recently commenting that he will sign at least three players in the upcoming transfer window. The Gunners have been linked with a move for Xhaka for a long time now and Eberl's recent comments, as reported by Monchengladbach's official website, suggest that the wait may well be coming to an end in their quest for a combative midfielder.
Xhaka has played 36 games in all competitions for Monchengladbach, scoring three goals and assisting two, but the main worry with him is his defensive record which needs some work. The Swiss international has picked up seven yellow cards and three red cards in all competitions, something that could pose a problem for Arsenal should the midfielder make his way to the Emirates. Meanwhile, Xhaka had previously stated that he wanted to get his future confirmed before the European Championships in France.
"It would be good if I knew where my future lies in the new season before the Euros," Xhaka said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
"It's not all that helpful if you have to think about stuff like that during the tournament. Thus, I would be pleased if it were to be decided before that," the Swiss midfielder added.
The Gunners ended the season in second spot, leapfrogging Tottenham Hotspur on the last day of the season when they lost to Newcastle United 5-1, their heaviest defeat of the campaign by a long way. Their second place finish meant that the Gunners have finished above Tottenham for 21 years in succession and every year under the management of Arsene Wenger.