Bayer Leverkusen’s move for Granit Xhaka all but done

According to Kicker, Granit Xhaka’s move to Bayer Leverkusen in the summer is all but done with only the formality of signing the contract still to be completed. 

The final doubts about completing the signing for Leverkusen were removed when they were able to agree to a €15m fee for the 30-year-old after Arsenal originally wanted €30m. The length of Xhaka’s contract is likely to be four years until 2027 while the player is likely to have a lower salary compared to his current Arsenal salary. SportBild reports that the deal will reportedly be completed by the beginning of June.

The Swiss international has already informed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta that he is not interested in extending his contract at the club, which expires in 2024. 

Xhaka has reportedly been in constant contact with Xabi Alonso about the project at Leverkusen. The Spaniard sees the 31-year-old as the type of leader that can take die Werkself to the next level. 

Another key reason for Xhaka’s return to the Bundesliga is his family. Xhaka’s wife is from the Rhine area and would like to return to Germany as the two met during his time at Borussia Mönchengladbach. 

GGFN | Jack Meenan 

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