Arsenal have made a £24m ($34m) bid to sign Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer after having scouted the midfielder for more than 30 times over the course of the season. The Gunners are in the market for a midfielder and have earmarked the Switzerland international as an answer to their problems in the middle of the park.
The Mirror reports that Monchengladbach are holding out for a fee in the range of £32m but the Gunners are confident that they can reach a deal with the Bundesliga club for a transfer. The 23-year-old already has more than 200 caps for club and country and is known for his leadership qualities and ability to pass from the back.
The Gunners are looking to bring in replacements for Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky, all of who are likely to leave the club in the summer following the completion of their contracts with the club. Mohamed Elneny has already been brought in from Basel in January while a few more players are likely to be on the agenda, given that Arsene Wenger has a sizeable amount of money to spend in the summer.
The Frenchman will be hoping that Xhaka is one part of the jigsaw puzzle that has been eluding the Gunners over the course of the last 11 seasons when they last won the title. This season has all but passed them by with the north London club currently 13 points behind Leicester City, who are on course to pull off a massive upset by winning the Premier League title.
Arsenal were found short yet again as they stumbled to yet another draw against West Ham, ending the game at 3-3, having gone 2-0 up in the first half. A hat-trick by Andy Carroll put the Hammers ahead in the second half but Laurent Koscielny was at hand to put the Gunners level before the final whistle.