Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has today left the Gunners and signed a five-year deal with Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.
Xhaka, 30, enjoyed the best season of his seven-year spell at the Emirates Season last term- scoring seven league goals from a more advanced role but Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has made his intentions clear that he wants to lower the age of his midfield in order to compete again at the top level next season.
Granit Xhaka set for Bundesliga switch
Despite being a regular starter last season, Mikel Arteta’s pursuit of 19-year-old talent Romeo Lavia and 24-year-old England international Declan Rice, as well as last week’s signing of Kai Havertz, suggest that Xhaka would only have had a bit part role to play with the Gunners in the forthcoming campaign.
Xhaka arrived in Germany for a medical ahead of his transfer to Bayer Leverkusen earlier today and according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Swiss international has put pen to paper with the German outfit on a five-year deal in return for $27m.
Granit Xhaka to Bayer Leverkusen, here we go! Agreement reached in May now being signed between clubs — green light arrived after Rice deal done. 🚨🔴⚫️ #transfers
Arsenal will receive €25m fee for Xhaka.
Understand Granit will sign until June 2028, five year deal.
Done. ✔️ pic.twitter.com/qoUmfqRQJ7
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 6, 2023