It seems that Granit Xhaka’s relationship with Arsenal has deteriorated beyond repair and the 27-year-old midfielder could be leaving the Emirates pretty soon. The Telegraph have recently come out with a story stating that Newcastle may offer him a loan deal in January, should he want to remain in the Premier League.
But just in case the Toon Army can’t land the Arsenal outcast, we have prepared a list of three players from across Europe Newcastle should look to bring in on loan that would serve as good Xhaka alternatives.
So without further ado, let’s delve into the list:
The 21-year-old defensive midfielder has so far only played a total of eight games across all competitions for his current club and seeing how he’s young and needs some minutes to develop, a loan deal to a competitive stage like the Premier League could definitely be of interest to him.
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It’s difficult to actually see Sassuolo part with Locatelli permanently at the moment, at least from Newcastle’s perspective since they could very well put a big price on his head.
But a loan deal sounds like something both parties could use – Newcastle could get a really talented young defensive midfielder who wouldn’t burden their wage bill and the Italians would get decent minutes for their developing youngster.
Ferri is 27, just like Xhaka, and his situation at the club is not really sunshine and rainbows, either.
The midfielder moved from Olympique Lyon last summer in search of more minutes but ended up being put aside at his new home as well, appearing only seven times across all competitions.
Granted, he is injured at the moment but seeing how his move from one French club to another hasn’t really yielded him a bigger chance to express himself, a loan could very well be the answer to his problems.
Previously he played a total of 213 games for Lyon, bagging 12 goals and 18 assists, so the experience and the quality is certainly there and Newcastle could make great use of it.
A Xhaka for a Xhaka!
FC Basel’s Xhaka, however, might be more easily attainable but offers about the same amount of quality.
He has also participated in the Europa League and the Nations League, meaning that he brings about that extra pedigree that Newcastle don’t have that much of in their squad.
Seeing how this deal would represent a jump from the Swiss Super League to the Premier League, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it would represent a tempting opportunity for the 28-year-old.
It would also mean that Xhaka comes with a somewhat smaller price tag, even when considering just a loan deal.