Roma are in advanced negotiations with Arsenal for the transfer of midfielder Granit Xhaka.
The Serie A club are believed to be close to Arsenal valuation – estimated at around £ 21.5million (€ 25million) – but have yet to agree on fees.
Personal terms between the Swiss captain and Roma shouldn’t be a problem.
Xhaka was requested by new Roma boss Jose Mourinho, who was named Paulo Fonseca’s replacement in May.
The former Tottenham boss is considered an admirer of the Switzerland international and said of Xhaka two years ago: “He’s the most important man in all of Arsenal’s midfielder. C he is a real leader. “
Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2016 for a fee of around £ 30million.
He has made 31 Premier League appearances in the 2020/21 season, scoring once, and has played more than 160 times in the league since joining five years ago.
The 28-year-old almost left the Emirates Stadium in January 2020, amid reported interest from Hertha Berlin, but opted to stay in north London on the occasion.
Arsenal take an interest in Neves and White
Arsenal technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta are working hard on potential arrivals and Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is someone they are interested in.
The Gunners are also one of many clubs interested in Brighton and England defender Ben White, while they also haven’t ruled out signing Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan on a permanent contract after his loan spell. in the Emirates last season.
Ryan may want some playing time assurances before committing to a move.
Arsenal also remain in contact with Real Madrid on Martin Odegaard. The Norway international has been loaned to the Emirates for the second half of last season, with the Gunners examining the possibility of signing him to a permanent contract despite the player’s assessment remaining a potential hurdle.
Lacazette, Nketiah, Nelson fates to be decided
The future of Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, Sead Kolasinac and Reiss Nelson will be decided in the coming weeks, with all four players entering the final year of their contracts.
Other players Arsenal might consider proposing to fund their own goals this summer are Joe Willock, Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Hector Bellerin.
Willock has been linked with a move to Newcastle after a very successful loan spell in the second half of last season.
Midfielders Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira were loaned out last season and Arsenal will look to sell both players this summer.