Liverpool eyeing £100,000/week Arsenal star and could sign him for just £21.5million

Liverpool are reportedly monitoring Granit Xhaka along with Juventus, PSG, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Man City and signing him would cost £21.5million (€25m).

The 29-year-old earned himself a few fans this summer with a few outstanding performances for Switzerland at the EUROs, including a dominant display in midfield against France.

He’s often lambasted for the way he has played for Arsenal in the past but he showed a level that he has failed to reach consistently in the Premier League.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal looks dejected following the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 06, 2020 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 06: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal looks dejected following the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 06, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Glyn Kirk – Pool/Getty Images)

Up against Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, Xhaka excelled but in spite of an impressive EURO 2020 tournament, he is not at the level required by Liverpool.

Liverpool ‘tracking’ Granit Xhaka

Liverpool are in the market to sign a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum but Xhaka is surely not the player to replace him as they have drastically different styles of play.

However, it’s claimed by Transfermarketweb that Xhaka has caught the eye of Juventus, PSG, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester City.

ROME, ITALY - JUNE 15: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland reacts during the Switzerland Training Session ahead of the Euro 2020 Group A match between Italy and Switzerland at Stadio Tre Fontane on June 15, 2021 in Rome, Italy.
ROME, ITALY – JUNE 15: Granit Xhaka of Switzerland reacts during the Switzerland Training Session ahead of the Euro 2020 Group A match between Italy and Switzerland at Stadio Tre Fontane on June 15, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

After five years with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium where he was reportedly paid £100,000/week, he is set to leave and Liverpool could allegedly sign Xherdan Shaqiri’s compatriot for £21.5million (€25m).

Xhaka no longer a good fit for Liverpool

The Reds tried to sign him in 2016 but he revealed that as soon as he learned Arsene Wenger wanted him, choosing Arsenal over the Reds was an easy choice.

He might have been a good player for Jurgen Klopp but at this stage in Liverpool’s development, he is not a good fit and with rumours suggesting he will move to AS Roma, I think he’d excel in Serie A as Lucas Leiva has with Lazio.

If Liverpool are going to sign an Arsenal midfielder, it should be Joe Willock.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: Joe Willock of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on April 24, 2021 in Liverpool, England.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 24: Joe Willock of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on April 24, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by David Klein – Pool/Getty Images)

The young midfielder scored a 95th-minute equaliser against the Merseysiders for Newcastle United while on loan and I’m a huge fan of his goalscoring instinct.

I wrote a longer article on it a month ago but it’s unlikely the Gunners will let him go after how he performed for the Magpies last season.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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