Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Moenchengladbach for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £30 million including add-ons.
The Swiss midfielder, who has been linked with the club since the turn of the year, is the first acquisition of the summer and the third most expensive in the Gunners’ history behind Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Confirmation of the deal came a couple of days after pictures of his unveiling at London Colney were leaked on Twitter by his brother.
Xhaka began his career at Basel before moving to Moenchengladbach in a five-year deal for €8.5 million in 2012. A fixture in the Swiss national side, he leaves the Bundesliga with 140 appearances to his name and over a year’s experience as captain having been handed the armband by Borussia’s former coach Lucien Favre in February 2015.
Speaking about latest signing, Arsene Wenger said, “Granit Xhaka is an exciting young player, already with good Champions League and Bundesliga experience.
“We have been watching him for a long time now and he is a player who will add quality to our squad. We wish Granit a good Euro 2016 with Switzerland and look forward to welcoming him to Arsenal ahead of next season.”
The players has has his medical, and will now join up with his country as they begin their preparations for EURO 2016 in France.
Xhaka has the number 34, his digits at Basel and Moenchengladbach, tattooed on his back … something Francis Coquelin may find amusing.
We’ll let you know his official squad number as soon as it’s confirmed.