It has been reported for some time now that Arsenal’s interest in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka is at an advanced stage.
There have been stories detailing his transfer fee, his salary, what his agents will get and more, and today Sport1 in Germany suggest that everything is almost done.
However, quotes from the player and Borussia’s sporting director suggest that things are a little way from being complete yet.
Max Eberl admitted there were clubs interested but said they would try and hang onto the 23 year old Swiss international.
“We will fight for Granit,” he told Kicker. “There are clubs how can offer an even bigger chance of playing Champions League and competing for titles and trophies.”
While Xhaka himself was playing his cards very close to his chest, going so far as to say that no offers had been made yet for his services.
“What happens is not entirely down to me,” he said. “I can only say that I am really happy here, and my contract runs through to 2020. Until today, no offer has been made.
“To be honest, I didn’t think about it in the past weeks. And I believe you could see that on the pitch,.
“Should something come up, we’d possibly sit down and decide what happens. And if nothing comes up, everything fits here at Borussia.”
So, there you go. It’s all as clear as mud. Delicious mud.