Campbell tells Arsenal to sanction Xhaka sale after major update via Sky

Kevin Campbell has told Arsenal to sanction the sale of Granit Xhaka this summer amid interest from AS Roma.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners and Everton striker said the time has come for the club to upgrade their midfield after failing to qualify for the Champions League for the fifth successive season.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Jose Mourinho’s Roma are interested in signing Xhaka, 28, and have opened talks with his agents.

Sky Italy claim Arsenal want a fee in the region of £21.5million for the centre-midfielder but Roma are said to want to pay closer to £10million plus add-ons.

Xhaka, who is currently preparing to represent Switzerland at the European Championship, has two years remaining on his contract at the Emirates.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Xhaka’s future, Campbell said: “It would not be a blow at all if Granit Xhaka left.

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“Look, he has been at the club five years and in that time the club haven’t qualified for the Champions League which is not good enough.

“He had a decent half a season for us but the time has come for us to upgrade. It definitely needs to be done.

“Italian football would suit him better I think. Selling him would give us a cash injection and that we can go out there and buy somebody else, somebody better.”

In other news, Campbell backs 20-year-old to dazzle in an Arsenal shirt next season amid an Athletic update on the ‘amazing’ Jules Kounde.