Arsenal have held talks about a departure for midfielder Granit Xhaka in a deal that would open the door for a Youri Tielemans swoop.
It would be one midfielder in and another out for the Gunners with Xhaka attracting interest from German side Bayer Leverkusen. LeicestershireLive’s sister title, the Mirror, reports that Arsenal have opened talks about a move for the player.
It is being reported that ‘discussions’ have taken place with club representatives over a transfer for Xhaka, who moved to London from German side Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.
Xhaka’s Arsenal exit would create an opening for Tielemans, who is expected to leave City this summer.
The Mirror report that Thomas Partey would partner Tielemans in midfield at the Emirates Stadium with the Belgian entering the final year of his contract.
City do not want to sell the 25 year-old but they would rather recoup a fee for the former AS Monaco man than see him leave the club for nothing in a year’s time.
He is currently on international duty with Belgium and insisted that he could stay in the East Midlands this summer. “That is not out of the question,” he replied when asked if he could leave the King Power Stadium soon.
“But I can also stay. I feel very good at Leicester, I was welcomed with open arms from day one. I give everything for the club until the last day. But of course you have to listen to other opportunities, you have to look at your career, and sometimes you have to make choices. Maybe one will come my way.
“You need to stay calm. I’m good where I am. I still have a year left on my contract. I’m not in a rush. When you change clubs, you don’t change just to change. You change because there is a great project on the table.
F”a player, the most important thing is to play. It’ll be up to me to make the right decision regarding my future this summer, but now, I’m relaxed and focusing on the Red Devils.”