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Arsenal prepare to splash cash on midfield as Roma are set to return for Granit Xhaka

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Arsenal prepare to splash cash on midfield as Roma are set to return for Granit Xhaka

The ongoing saga that has been the discord between Arsenal, its fanbase, and Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka is set to enter a fresh chapter after recent reports suggest that AS Roma are set to come back in for the 29-year-old during the upcoming summer window.

Football.London’s Chris Wheatley covered the development earlier today after the capital outlet caught wind of information linking Roma to a return to the table for Xhaka in the summer after missing out on him previously, with boss José Mourinho remaining keen on the Gunners midfielder.

Though Xhaka eventually went on to pen a contract extension at the Emirates after the failed move to the Serie A outfit, it is thought that he remains open and keen to a move to Rome should terms be struck between the two clubs, which could see the Italian club pen two Arsenal midfielders after Ainsley Maitland-Niles could also be subject to a permanent move after his loan spell this season comes to an end.

Arsenal expected to push for midfielders in the summer

With the future of Granit Xhaka at Arsenal constantly in doubt, the north London giants look all but certain to recruit multiple central options in the summer despite the club not making a move for Bruno Guimaræs before the Brazilian swapped the Rhône valley for Tyneside.

Arsenal did pursue fellow Brazilian Arthur in January though were unable to agree to terms before the conclusion of the window, but at the very least, the returning pair of Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny offers valuable in-house reinforcements for the remainder of a season that features just the Premier League until May. Four midfielders should be enough.

But should Xhaka leave for Roma, and if the club then also part ways with Elneny, Arsenal will at the very least need to recruit a new first-choice partner to sit alongside Partey while also bringing in a back-up; possibly akin to the situation that saw Sambi Lokonga brought in from RSC Anderlecht.

Granit Xhaka to Roma on the table in the summer as Arsenal set to splash for midfielders

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The question remains for boss Mikel Arteta regarding the status in which those two midfielders would come to the club; if both would be vying for starting jobs along with Partey in a bid for competition, or, if it would remain similar to the current setup at Arsenal where there is a clear first-choice pairing with a clear secondary pair that is there to also develop behind the first-choice options.

Much of that will also likely come down to whether or not the club secures European football next season, but what remains clear is that something is brewing at the Emirates and no one should be surprised if Arsenal splashes serious cash in the summer.

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