Granit Xhaka’s much-anticipated move to Roma remains ‘far away’, according to reports, as Arsenal hold firm on their €20m valuation.
The Swiss international has been poised for an exit for some time, with Arsenal looking to raise funds as they attempt to rebuild their squad.
He is pushing for a move to Roma, and reports this month have suggested talks between the two clubs are progressing, despite the Italian side’s rejected €15m bid.
According to Corriere dello Sport, though, the deal is not as close as had initially been claimed, with the two clubs unable to agree on a fee for the player.
Roma are willing to raise their offer, but Arsenal have refused to meet them halfway.
Xhaka still has two years left on his contract, and is thought to be a positive influence around the club.
After watching his outstanding performance in the Euro 2020 round-of-16 victory over France, Ian Wright said “there’s no way” he should be sold.
“That is the best I’ve ever seen him [Xhaka] play,” he said on ITV’s Football Show podcast.
“I feel for him because he’s someone I’ve been very critical of in the past and when you see a performance like, do you blame him or the coaches for not getting those performances out of him in the past?
“I have never seen him used to that effect. There’s no way Arsenal should be selling a player that can play like that, at that level.”
Xhaka, though, is said to be so keen on a move to Rome that he’s given up his bonuses from last season, as he tries to push the deal over the line.
Ray Parlour reckons the tempo of Italian football will suit him down to the ground.
“He’s had good games like [against France] at Arsenal, but I just think mobility is key in the Premier League and he lacks that,” he told gambling.com.
“International football can be a bit slower sometimes, the build-up play isn’t as fast which doesn’t suit his game.
“If he goes to Roma, I think Italy is perfect for him. It’s a slower game over there and you know Xhaka has got the passing ability to excel there.”