Swiss journalist ‘confirms’ in interview that Newcastle United are in talks with Granit Xhaka
On Friday, an exclusive in The Times said Newcastle United wanted to sign Granit Xhaka in January.
Then earlier today, The Telegraph reported that their information was that Steve Bruce is indeed interested in signing the Swiss international, with central midfield said to be his priority for strengthening in the next transfer window.
Now Giancomo Moccetti has ‘confirmed’ that Newcastle are currently negotiating to sign the Arsenal player.
Moccetti is a sports journalist who works for RSI Television in Switzerland and he revealed the news in an interview with Pianeta Milan.
Giancomo Moccetti talking to Pianeta Milan:
“I confirm that Newcastle and Milan are the two clubs that are currently negotiating with Xhaka.
“The first (Newcastle United) would be a logistically simpler solution because he would remain in England and in a league that he knows.
“With Milan there is (also) a serious interest.
“He would not even mind returning to the Bundesliga but at the moment there is no option in this regard.
“Inter right now has more appeal than Milan because they play in the Champions (League) and face a better period (Inter are second and AC Milan 14th) but there is no real negotiation with the Nerazzurri.
“Xhaka was captain when he was at Borussia Mönchengladbach, captain at Arsenal, vice captain to Lichtsteiner in the Swiss national team.
“It is no coincidence that wherever it was then they proposed the (captain’s) armband.
“It gives the idea of a charismatic player and how important he is for coaches.”
Make of it what you will.
The Telegraph report earlier today said that Newcastle were proposing a loan deal for Granit Xhaka until the end of the season, so on that basis it could be a possibility in a financial sense certainly. If there is indeed substance in Newcastle being interested, then much will depend on where the player’s preference is, does he want to prove a point to Arsenal fans and continue playing in the Premier League?
Less than seven weeks to go until we are thrown into this next transfer window.
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