Roma agree £15.5 million deal for Granit Xhaka. Is that a fair price for Arsenal?

Your ads will be inserted here by

Easy Plugin for AdSense.

Please go to the plugin admin page to
Paste your ad code OR
Suppress this ad slot.


Roma agree Xhaka fee

Arsenal and Roma have finally agreed on a fee for Switzerland international Granit Xhaka. The former Borussia Monchengladbach player has been linked with a move to the Italian side for a couple of weeks now.

Having spent a number of years and Arsenal he has become a divisive figure amongst the fanbase and there are large proportions who will not be concerned to see him leave.

However, he has still been an extremely important part of Mikel Arteta’s, and Unai Emery’s and Arsene Wenger’s before him, team.

He has one of the highest cumulative minutes of all him teammates each season and is an influential figure in the dressing room.

At 28 he is still is his prime with many more years to give, especially for a player of his style.

Which is why the ~£15.5 million fee associated with the deal may come as a surprise.

Roma agree £15.5 million deal for Granit Xhaka. Is that a fair price for Arsenal?

Arsenal’s Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka (R) has this shot saved during the English FA Cup third round football match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 9, 2021. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Why is the fee so low?

Of course this will have something to do with the pandemic, however, when the man reportedly targeted to replace Xhaka, Ruben Neves of Wolves, is touted to have an associated fee around three times greater it makes for grim reading.

Some may argue that £15 million off of a £35 million price tag is a decent discount. However, Arsenal have been so poor at selling players in the past that yet another meagre sale on the balance sheet will not improve their reputation in the market.

A move between Premier League clubs is always going to garner a premium on any price and that shouldn’t be neglected, but it is tough to shake the on-the-surface perception of the Gunners selling on the cheap yet again.

Your ads will be inserted here by

Easy Plugin for AdSense.

Please go to the plugin admin page to
Paste your ad code OR
Suppress this ad slot.

Although the club do have additional factors going against them. Xhaka was open to the move, the club need to export a number of non-homegrown players to reinvest and of course there is always questions about Arsenal’s financial muscle with a lack of investment from their owners.

What will make the £15.5m pill easier to swallow will be whatever follows. A strong window and likely all will be forgotten, fail to secure top signings, and the hole left by the Swiss midfielder may be a sinking one for the Gunners’ upcoming season.

Arsenal’s Xhaka named player of 2020/21 so far but could soon depart Gunners for Bundesliga return

What Mourinho has said about Granit Xhaka in the past to hint at potential Roma transfer


Arsenal betting odds, next game:

Arsenal’s latest videos

🌶 The best of Bukayo Saka | Every Goal and Assist | 2020/21

🌶 The best of Bukayo Saka | Every Goal and Assist | 2020/21

Check out every goal and assist from the man you voted as your 2020/21…

2021-06-08T15:12:53Z

🤣  'If I let a goal in can I have concert tickets?' | Arsenal vs Sidemen | Behind the scenes

🤣 ‘If I let a goal in can I have concert tickets?’ | Arsenal vs Sidemen | Behind the scenes

Head behind the scenes as Arsenal (Caitlin Foord, Noelle Maritz, Lia Walti, Manu Zinsberger,…

2021-06-03T11:29:47Z

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 38 51 86
2 Manchester United FC 38 29 74
3 Liverpool FC 38 26 69
4 Chelsea FC 38 22 67
5 Leicester City FC 38 18 66
6 West Ham United FC 38 15 65
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 23 62
8 Arsenal FC 38 16 61
9 Leeds United 38 8 59
10 Everton FC 38 -1 59
11 Aston Villa FC 38 9 55
12 Newcastle United FC 38 -16 45
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 38 -16 45
14 Crystal Palace FC 38 -25 44
15 Southampton FC 38 -21 43
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 38 -6 41
17 Burnley FC 38 -22 39
18 Fulham FC 38 -26 28
19 West Bromwich Albion 38 -41 26
20 Sheffield United FC 38 -43 23
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 23
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 17
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 17
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 17
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 16
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 15
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 14
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 12
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 12
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 12
Iheanacho, Kelechi Leicester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 11
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 11
Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 11
Bale, Gareth Tottenham Hotspur FC 11
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 11
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 10



Source link