Granit Xhaka looks to be heading for the exit at Arsenal once the transfer window opens in January and has already agreed on a move to Hertha Berlin says the midfielder’s agent.
Despite the appointment of Mikel Arteta as the new Gunners boss, who spoke highly of the Switzerland international ahead of his first game in charge against Bournemouth on Boxing Day, it seems the 27-year-old could be moving to pastures new with the two clubs in talks over a possible transfer.
Arsenal are looking to recoup the majority of the £35million they paid Borussia Monchengladbach for Xhaka in 2016 and, according to the player’s agent Jose Noguera, everything has been agreed apart from the transfer fee.
“Look, I say it frankly and honestly: we agree with Hertha BSC and would like to go to Berlin. We told Arsenal’s club boss Raul Sanllehi and sports director Edu – as well as the new trainer Mikel Arteta”, said Noguera as reported on Sky Sports.
“Arsenal was informed about all the steps, the player and Hertha are clear. It is only about the transfer fee of the clubs.”
Arteta appears to be a keen admirer of Xhaka and even suggested that he had the midfielder as a transfer target when he was assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
But the Swiss has had an indifferent few months at Arsenal after being stripped of the captain’s armband because of gesturing and swearing at fans after being booed off while substituted in the home match with Crystal Palace.
Herta Berlin have appointed former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jurgen Klinsmann as manager last month following the dismissal of Ante Covic after a poor start to the season.
Klinsmann takes charge of a side that is languishing in 12th-place in the Bundesliga and just four points off from the relegation play-off places.
Xhaka has played over 150 times for Arsenal, scoring 11 goals, and featured in Arteta’s first match in charge in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Boxing Day.
The Gunners are back in action on Sunday with a London derby with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.