Bayer Leverkusen are planning a move to sign Granit Xhaka Arsenal this summer.
The 29-year-old midfielder had a strong season last season, playing in central midfield alongside Thomas Partey.
However, the Swiss star almost left the Emirates to join Roma last year despite eventually penning a new deal.
The Gunners are reportedly stepping up their interest in Leicester’s Youri Tielemans and according to The Mirror, Leverkusen believe the Belgian’s arrival could mean Xhaka becoming available.
Arteta is keen to bolster his midfield options this summer and Arsenal are said to be increasingly confident a deal can be secured for Tielemans.
Since signing for Arsenal in 2016, Xhaka has endured a controversial period at the north London club and is often blamed for the team’s shortcomings.
In 2019, during a Premier League game against Crystal Palace in the Emirates, he was booed by the home crowd and subsequently threw his jersey on the ground.
The player was subsequently stripped of his captaincy and has been fighting for the support of Gunners fans ever since.
He enjoys a good reputation in Germany, where he spent four years as a player with Borussia Mönchengladbach.
However, it remains to be seen whether Mikel will allow Arteta Xhaka to leave with the Spaniard who wants more depth to his squad ahead of next season.
In April, Arteta said he needed more options as the club qualified for Europe again.
He said: “Both competitions (the Champions League and the Europa League) require a much bigger squad because the number of games you play is a lot bigger so I don’t think it makes a big difference (for which competition Arsenal qualify).
“If you can afford it and we don’t have to do the squad turnaround that we had to do if you ask me what I want, it’s 22 outfield players and three goalies.”
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