Xhaka set to join Jose Mourinho at AS Roma

Jose Mourinho prioritizes Switzerland international Granit Xhaka for Roma

Granit Xhaka is closing in on a permanent move to the Italian capital from Arsenal after being placed near the top of Mourinho’s summer wishlist. Mourinho is also pushing for the signing of Torino’s Andrea Belotti to add to his attacking options at Roma. Roma’s first offer of  €15 million for Belotti was rejected by Torino as it was considered insulting but Roma are preparing to bid at increased  €20 million for the Italian international. Mourinho is planning to start his new project at Roma and one of his first actions was tying down Roma’s main man Henrikh Mkhitaryan to a new deal. The Armenian reportedly signed an extension of two years on his contract a few weeks ago.

Individuals both within Roma and the Swiss midfielder’s entourage confirmed that a complete agreement is edging closer, with the final piece being an agreement between the clubs. Arsenal are reportedly looking for a price of  €20 million for the midfield orchestrator who was linked to Hertha Berlin last year but was convinced by Mikel Arteta to spend another season in London. Arsenal are looking at potential replacements for Xhaka which include Ruben Neves and Yves Bissouma

The Giallorossi already have an agreement in place with José Noguera, Xhaka’s agent, for a four-year contract and remain engaged in negotiations with Arsenal on a transfer fee. Xhaka is pushing to have the deal concluded before Switzerland kick-off their Euro 2020 campaign on Saturday against Wales.

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