Atletico Madrid Eye Arsenal Star To Replace Man City-Bound Rodri

Xhaka Replace Rodri

Arsenal are propped for a bid from Atletico Madrid for midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Atletico have Xhaka on their radar as a possible replacement for Rodri, who is expected to switch to Manchester City in a £62m transfer.

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Gunner’s boss Unai Emery reckons Xhaka as one of his key players and the club has no plan to sell the 26-year-old.

But that will not stop Atletico mounting a push for the Switzerland star, who has four years left on his contract with Arsenal.

Xhaka played in all of the Gunners’ big matches in the Premier League last term until he sustained a groin injury.

And Arsenal lost three of the six games he missed after that before going on to lose in the Europa League final to Chelsea with Xhaka playing the full 90 minutes.

Signed from Borussia Moenchengladbach for £35m in 2016, he is now priced at much more than that by the Gunners.

Xhaka was linked with a move to Inter Milan earlier this summer but while their interest never actualised, Atletico are prepared to move for him.

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But as things stand, Arsenal do not want him to leave, despite the need for Emery to raise transfer funds from sales.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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