Liverpool are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka this summer after Gini Wijnaldum departed last month.
According to TransferMarketWeb, the Reds are amongst a number of clubs interested in acquiring the 29-year-old’s signature as he nears the Emirates Stadium exit door.
The report claims that Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are also tracking Xhaka, despite him being heavily linked with a move to AS Roma.
He won praise from current manager Mikel Arteta during the 2020/21 campaign following a string of impressive performances for the capital club.
“I think since he’s been back he’s been phenomenal; he’s playing really, really well,” claimed Arteta after a good run of form.
However, it’s been far from plain sailing for the Switzerland international during his time on English soil.
A poor disciplinary record has seen Xhaka pick up 58 yellow cards and three red cards during his Arsenal career, and he even missed his nation’s Euro 2020 quarter-final through suspension after earlier lighting up the tournament, playing a pivotal part in their impressive run to the last eight, including an impressive display in the Last 16 clash against France.
Nevertheless, his talent on the pitch has often been overlooked in recent years. Last season, Xhaka made 213 progressive passes while on Premier League duty – the fifth-highest total in the division, and also completed 268 passes in the final third – the highest tally in the top-flight, as per fbref.com.
It’s clear to see then that the combative midfielder is exceptionally good at moving the ball up the field effectively, getting his side into attacking situations on a regular basis.
Given that Liverpool’s gegenpressing style relies upon their midfielders and defenders constantly supplying their front three with an accurate stream of quick passes, Xhaka appears to be a good fit.
A fee of around £20 million is being muted for the Arsenal man, and at that price, director of football Michael Edwards must sanction a swoop.