Arsenal have all but completed the signing of Granit Xhaka, with the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder having arrived in London to complete his medical over the weekend. The Swiss international is the first of a series of acquisitions planned by Arsene Wenger, in what is expected to be a busy summer for the north London club.
The Guardian reports that a deal has been sealed for a fee in the range of £25m ($36m), with add-ons and bonuses to be made available depending on honours and other clauses. The 23-year-old will be an important addition to the Arsenal line-up, who are set to lose three midfielders this summer in the form of Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky.
Xhaka is known for his tough brand of football, but has been criticised for his defensive record, something Arsenal have to look out for if they have to bring the best out of him this summer. The midfielder has accrued seven yellow cards and three red cards in all competitions for the Bundesliga club, which may prove a liability for the Gunners given the physical nature of the English Premier League.
The midfielder wanted to get his future sorted out before the European Championships in France in June and an announcement confirming his arrival at Arsenal is expected to be made before the tournament. Meanwhile, the Gunners are also in the market for a striker with Danny Welbeck expected to be unavailable for majority of next season with an injury to his knee. Switzerland begin their campaign in the Euros against Albania where he will faced against his own brother Taulant Xhaka.
"It is so that the season's over now and there might be discussions over the next few days. Whatever decision is made, we will make it together. There will definitely be a decision before the Euros," Xhaka said, as quoted by talkSPORT.