Newcastle United would be a welcome move for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka in the January transfer window, according to Il Corriere del Ticino journalist Marcello Pelizzari.
The Swiss reporter has told Il Milanista that the opportunity to stay put in the Premier League could be an attractive prospect for the 27-year-old, who has been stripped of the captaincy at Arsenal and has not played since the ugly scenes that followed his substitution in the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace last month.
However it is understood that Newcastle are not the only team that are in for Xhaka with Borussia Dortmund also keen on the Swiss international.
“At this moment, Xhaka has various options on the table. There’s been talk of Newcastle, which would be a welcome solution, because he can remain in the Premier League. There are whispers he has an offer from Borussia Dortmund, where he would reunite with Lucien Favre, who launched him at Borussia Mönchengladbach,” said Pelizzari, as translated by Sport Witness.
Do Newcastle really need Xhaka? The Times has reported that the Magpies are willing to offer the wantaway Arsenal midfielder a lifeline but Steve Bruce’s squad already has a few defensive midfield options. The Times also reports that Xhaka is earning £130,000-a-week at the Emirates and surely that is going to eat into Bruce’s budget should a move be made official. It is just hard to see it happening, especially when the attacking areas of the Newcastle squad are what need strengthening the most. Dortmund’s interest is bound to be appealing for Xhaka. They are a Champions League side who have ambitions of winning silverware this season while a move to St James’ Park would more than likely see the ex-Gladbach midfielder enter a relegation battle. Newcastle may be interested but there’s not much about this interest to really say there’s a good chance of anything happening.