Arteta confirms Xhaka will remain at Arsenal despite Roma links

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Arteta confirms Xhaka will remain at Arsenal despite Roma links

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says Granit Xhaka will not be leaving the Emirates this summer.

The midfielder is thought to be a top target for Jose Mourinho at Roma.

suggested Xhaka had agreed personal terms with the Italian side, but it now looks like the 28-year-old will be competing in the Premier League again this season.



Xhaka scored Arsenal’s only goal in their 2-1 friendly defeat to earlier on Sunday.

Speaking about the Swiss international after the game, Arteta said: “Granit is going to stay with us. He is a key member of our squad.”

Xhaka has been a divisive figure at times and was even booed off by his own fans in October 2019.

But he remains a vital part of Arteta’s plans. He also showed his class at this summer’s European Championship.

The enforcer put in a brilliant display against world champions France in the round of 16 .

Vladimir Petkovic’s side were eventually knocked out by in the quarters.

Arteta’s comments will be music to the ears of Arsenal legend Ian Wright, who claimed last month that there’s ‘no way’ the Gunners should consider selling Xhaka.

Following the victory over France, : “That is the best I’ve ever seen him [Xhaka] play.

“I feel for him because he’s someone I’ve been very critical of in the past and when you see a performance like, do you blame him or the coaches for not getting those performances out of him in the past?

“I have never seen him used to that effect. There’s no way Arsenal should be selling a player that can play like that, at that level.

“So unfortunately for us it looks like he is going but I’m delighted for him because he’s answered a lot of critics. He was magnificent.”

It’s believed Roma opened transfer negotiations on May 29 with a bid worth €13million. That was rejected by Arsenal as they value Xhaka at €20m.

The two clubs were then engaged in talks to meet somewhere in the middle, before a deal came to a halt earlier this week.

. His current deal is worth £100,000 a week and runs until 2023.

 

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West Ham eye former Man Utd target after Zouma setback

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West Ham eye former Man Utd target after Zouma setback

West Ham are ‘in talks’ with Fiorentina over a move for centre-back Nikola Milenkovic, according to reports.

Milenkovic, 23, has been with Fiorentina since 2017 and has attracted interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur during his time in Italy.

United were plotting a swoop for him this summer but were put off by Fiorentina’s asking price, rumoured to be around £38m. They have since signed Raphael Varane instead.



Milenkovic has just one year left on his deal and is now being courted by the Hammers, , who are on the lookout for a new centre-back.

Their first choice had been Kurt Zouma, the Chelsea defender, but they have fallen short of the Blues’ £25m valuation of the Frenchman.

Zouma would reportedly ‘welcome’ a move to West Ham in favour of going to Sevilla, to whom he has been offered, but the English side are only prepared to pay £20m.

Elsewhere at West Ham, Noel Whelan has criticised the club for treating right-back Vladimir Coufal “like an 18-year-old”.

Coufal is negotiating a new contract with the Hammers with their attempts to build the deal around performance-based incentives.

“I don’t think that’s right,” . “Look at last year with his performances and what he brought to the side.

 

 

“I think you start throwing in incentives when kids are coming through and signing their first professional form. This, to me, doesn’t seem right.

“If he is a big player and he’s that important to you, then you put the money down straight away.

“It’s a very simple signing of a contract: ‘It’s what you deserve for what you put in last season. We don’t want to lose you and we want to show you your worth.’

“That comes down to a lump sum that you’re going to be getting each week. Not really on incentives because he’s part of a team that got you into Europe.

“He drove you there so well last season with some assists too. I’m not surprised he’s very disappointed.

“They are taking a risk in putting a contract in front of somebody like that with incentives. It’s what you would do with an 18 or 19-year-old.”

 

 

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