Report: Arsenal’s Xhaka linked with shock swap for former Tottenham star

Matthew Chivers November 17, 2020
Report: Arsenal’s Xhaka linked with shock swap for former Tottenham star
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Inter Milan are reportedly looking to swap former Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka in the January transfer window, according to Corriere Dello Sport.

The former Spurs midfielder looks likely to be sold in the window. A return to England is said to be his preferred destination.

Reports suggest a swap deal with Arsenal enforcer Granit Xhaka could be possible. The Switzerland international is seemingly out of favour in north London

Is Xhaka on the way out

Since Thomas Partey’s arrival from Atletico Madrid in the summer, the Ghanaian has been Mikel Arteta’s preferred option in central midfield.

In Arsenal’s last two Premier League games, against Aston Villa and Manchester United, Xhaka had to settle for the bench.

Arsenal signed Xhaka for £35 million in 2016 and he was a regular in Arsenal’s starting XI.

In September 2019, then-Arsenal manager Unai Emery appointed the 28-year-old as club captain.

But less than two months later, Xhaka was stripped of his captaincy. The move came after he reacted angrily to Arsenal fans jeering him off the field against Crystal Palace.

Although his performances picked up under Arteta, it would seem a starting place isn’t guaranteed. That has seen a possible move in January become likely.

Here’s how some Arsenal fans reacted to the swap news on Twitter:

Eriksen out of favour

Eriksen signed for Inter Milan for about £17 million in January. The Dane wanted to leave Tottenham in the previous summer window but a deal failed to materialise.

According to Corriere Dello Sport, a swap deal with PSG’s Leandro Paredes could be another possibility.

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Since his move to the San Siro, 28-year-old Eriksen has made 33 appearances, scoring four goals and providing three assists.

The Danish midfielder was an unused substitute in Inter’s most recent Serie A fixture, a 1-1 draw at Atalanta.

Eriksen scored two penalties at the weekend to help Denmark overcome Iceland in the UEFA Nations League.

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Graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2019, and has since become a qualified NCTJ journalist, studying at News Associates in Manchester.