Xhaka to hold exit talks in next 24 hours as he closes in on mega Arsenal transfer

By Germany correspondent Hans Matthias

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Granit Xhaka will hold talks with Borussia Mochengladbach in the next 24 hours as he paves the way for a mega transfer to Arsenal.

The Borussia Mochengladbach midfielder admitted on Saturday after his team’s final Bundesliga match of the season that he could have played his final game for the club.

Xhaka also revealed he will hold discussions with club chiefs, most likely on Sunday, about leaving the German outfit.

Tellingly, the Swiss sensation embraced his manager when he was substituted after 83 minutes into Saturday’s match against Darmstadt 98 and then stayed on for 15 minutes after the match hugging staff and clapping the fans.

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“The season’s over now and there might be discussions tomorrow regarding the matter, we will make it together,” Xhaka told German publication Rheinische Post on Saturday. “The decision will definitely be before the European Championships.

“I’m the wrong person to be asked [about a possible move], you might need to check that with [sporting director] Max Eberl.

“[If I left the club], I’ll return to Borussia-Park [one day], but as I said, nothing is clear yet.”

As revealed by Football Insider on Tuesday, Arsenal are willing to pay £34million for Xhaka as well as hand him a five-year, £120,000-a-week contract.

A Gunners recruitment source has said that the Gunners are in talks with Mochengladbach officials over a summer deal.

Xhaka, 23, is on the target list of some of Europe’s biggest clubs this summer, with Liverpool and Bayern Munich also among his admirers.

But Arsenal are in pole position to land the central midfielder as they target a proven player who can dominate in the middle of the park.

The Gunners signed Mohamed Elneny from Basel in January and are now keen on another former player of the Swiss club.

Basel academy graduate Xhaka moved to Borussia Mochengladbach in 2012 for £6.75million and has developed into one of the Bundesliga’s outstanding midfielders.

He is a mainstay of the Mochengladbach side, making 35 appearances for the team this season.

In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners are expected to field a £25million offer for one of their star names.