Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Yet to Make Granit Xhaka Contact, Latest Rumours

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 29, 2016

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Arsenal are yet to make any concrete bid for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka after his agent revealed the Germans haven't received any offers. Plus, the Gunners are reportedly eyeing Juventus youngster Moise Bioty Kean.

Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl reportedly told Swiss newspapers this week that the club still haven't seen any genuine moves for their man despite heavy speculation, per the Liverpool Echo's Joe Rimmer"There have been claims that Inter Milan and all these English clubs are interested (in Xhaka). But we’ve not received a single offer."

Xhaka has scored six goals in 39 appearances for Switzerland.
Xhaka has scored six goals in 39 appearances for Switzerland.VI-Images/Getty Images

Gunners fans can afford to take Eberl's comments as both a positive and a negative, perhaps disappointed their club hasn't taken any initiative in the hunt but also pleased Europe's other giants remain quiet, too.

Metro's Sean Kearns reported of Arsenal's interest in the Switzerland international during the January transfer window, at which point the midfielder admitted his interest in a move to England, per German outlet DW Sports:

The Borussia Monchengladbach captain moved to Stadion im Borussia-Park in 2012 and has gone on to establish himself as a leader of the team, not to mention a useful box-to-box asset for the Foals.

Xhaka may also be considered a good fit for Arsenal considering the north Londoners could see veterans Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini all leave the club when their contracts expire this summer.

Those departures would leave a considerable void in the engine room, and despite the acquisition of Basel midfield Mohamed Elneny this past winter, Arsenal may yet deem it necessary to make further additions.

Xhaka also has ties to Swiss giants Basel and won two Super League titles with the club before leaving for Germany four years ago.

Kean has scored 17 times in 17 games for Juventus under-17s this season.
Kean has scored 17 times in 17 games for Juventus under-17s this season.Dino Panato/Getty Images

The chances of Arsenal landing Juventus teenager Kean appear much brighter, and Bruce Archer of the Daily Express reported Manchester United will challenge their English rivals for the forward's signature.

The Bianconeri are ready to foil any Premier League interest in the 16-year-old, however, after Italian website Gazzetta World claimed super-agent Mino Raiola has secured Kean a three-year contract in Turin (h/t Metro's George Bellshaw). Italy's official Twitter account posted footage of the striker scoring against Spain under-17s in January:

Raiola—the same agent who represents Mario Balotelli—is one of the most prominent representatives in European football, and his hand may mean Juve may have ended Arsenal's interest in the player before it's barely begun.

Kean has scored 17 goals in 17 games for Juventus' under-17 side this season and boasts a record of two goals in three appearances for Italy's under-17s, showcasing the kind of prolific numbers Juve will want to hang onto.