The timeline surrounding the future of star Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is officially confirmed after reports detail the veteran Swiss international and Gunners dressing room favorite is set to seal his move to Bundesliga domestic giants Bayer Leverkusen in June.
Football insider Fabrizio Romano recently discussed the long-suggested finer points of the impending €15m move to the Bay Arena, which will see Xhaka return to the Bundesliga for a second stint in North Rhine-Westphalia after first building his reputation on the continent with Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Now 30, the four-year deal in place with Xabi Alonso’s Die Werkself will likely be his last long-term contrast across what has been a very credible career, over half of which has been spent in north London since his arrival from Die Fohlen in the summer of 2016.
Now viewed as a borderline untouchable first-choice player in Mikel Arteta’s preferred XI, replacing the Basel-born leadership figure will likely come in the vein of a move for West Ham United’s star midfielder Declan Rice as the England man is viewed as the club’s primary summer target across expected overall transfer business that could reach - or even exceed - the £200m mark.
Xhaka will likely take up a similar role under Alonso as a key figure in a Leverkusen side that he has done wonders in what has been his first season in full senior management, pushing the club from 17th in the table during what was their worst start to a season in over 40-years, to the semi-finals of the Europa League while currently sitting 6th going into the final weekend of action.