Arsenal to interchange Granit Xhaka with Ruben Neves switch
It is likely that players will have to be sold before new signings arrive at Arsenal this summer, but one of the top priorities is finding a midfield partner for Thomas Partey.
Granit Xhaka is a good player but he is not reliable and he is not good enough to play for a club that has real top 4 ambitions, so it seems like a good decision to release him to Roma:
#Xhaka is moving away from #Roma, full settlement with Arsenal is very close. The goal is to close before the weekend. @ ASRomaPress pic.twitter.com/WVDzW8snTl
– John Solano (@ Solano_56) June 8, 2021
While this move is not yet fully completed, it has been discussed for several weeks and Xhaka is expected to work with Jose Mourinho next season.
That also means a replacement will have to be put in place, and a report by Todofichajes showed that an agreement has already been reached to sign Wolves’ Ruben Neves for around £ 40million.
The player is believed to be keen to make the move and it will be a four year contract where he will increase his salary, but he also looks like he could be a definitive upgrade for Xhaka.
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The Swiss midfielder may bring more aggression to his game, but Neves is a more laid-back player who, alongside Partey, should provide a solid base in midfield while also having better passing range and good for a few goals from a distance.
Neves is also only 24 years old and has Premier League experience so it looks like a sure signing and it should be one that Arsenal improve if it goes on.