Transfer balls: Arsenal and Liverpool ‘battle’ for Xhaka (who wants to stay in Germany)
Transfer balls: The trusty Daily Star says Liverpool and Arsenal are competing to sign Borussia Mochengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.
The Star says Arsenal and Liverpool are in a “battle” for the player.
According to Bild, the 23-year-old is interested in a move to the Premier League despite committing his long-term future to the German club.
Other British newspapers log in and repeat the claim:
Daily Express: “Liverpool to upset Arsenal with £20m bid for star midfielder”
The Metro: “Arsenal ready to seal Granit Xhaka transfer”
The Sun: “Liverpool and Arsenal preparing to go head to head for Granit Xhaka”
Over to Bild, then, where we read:
Xhaka for 28 million to Klopp?
Any headline in the form of a question can be answered ‘no’.
Gladbach Leitwolf is according to British media on the list of two star-coaches of the Premier League: Arsene Wenger (66 / Arsenal) – and Jürgen Klopp (48 / Liverpool)!
The Bild story is sourced in the British media. But there’s no link. It’s a baseless rumour repeated in England and Germany.
Xhaka, who has extended his contract with Borussia to 2019, does say:
“As long as I feel comfortable in Gladbach, there’s no reason to change what. I’m really happy here. We play great football – with the captaincy, a childhood dream has come true for me. “
Such are the facts.