Arsenal are reportedly confident of signing Borussia Monchengladbach's sought-after midfielder Granit Xhaka. The 23-year-old Swiss star has been linked to a host of clubs in recent months, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is said to have stolen a march on his rivals.
Xhaka is regarded as one of the best young midfielders in Europe and is apparently a long-term target of the north London club. Wenger is in desperate need of a player to fill the defensive midfield role this summer and the Frenchman sees Xhaka as the perfect candidate for the job.
Arsenal have opened preliminary talks with Monchengladbach over a transfer, sources close to the situation have claimed. What's more, it is said Xhaka is keen on a move to Emirates Stadium, having previously stated his desire to play in the Premier League.
However, the eventual transfer fee may transpire to be a sticking point, with the German club demanding a fee of £34m ($48.8m) for their prized asset and Arsenal are not willing to pay more than £30m.
Earlier this year, Xhaka said it was his "childhood dream" to play in England. "That doesn't mean that I have to or would like to go there," he added. "I'm extremely happy here and everything suits me down to the ground – but you do have to take a look around and talk with the club. Gladbach have given me everything I wanted and this has become a second home for me."