Report: Midfielder could leave Arsenal in January, club ‘could exchange’ player for 28 y/o

Granit Xhaka, playing for Switzerland, by Кирилл Венедиктов, CC BY-SA 3.0 GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

Granit Xhaka has been a regular for Arsenal this season when fit, but Calciomercato (h/t Tuttojuve) say his future may be uncertain. The 28-year-old is a transfer target for Juventus and the Italian Serie A giants ‘could exchange’ Weston McKennie for him.

Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016 and has gone on to make 224 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 goals with 20 assists. The Swiss international is Arsenal’s captain and one of the first names on the teamsheet, but he wanted out of the club only months ago.

AS Roma were closing in on a deal for Xhaka when the summer transfer window was open, but the move fell through. He’s now back playing for Arsenal and operating alongside Thomas Partey in midfield while featuring at left-back on occasion.

In addition to Xhaka and Partey, Mikel Arteta has Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny and new-boy Albert Sambi Lokonga in midfield, so he’s not short of options. McKennie could be a regular at Arsenal if he made the switch, but time will tell if a deal happens.

The 23-year-old has an uncertain future at Juventus as he’s not commanding a starting place. McKennie, who’s made 49 appearances in all competitions since joining the Old Lady on loan from Schalke 04 in 2020 and turning the move permanent in 2021.

He’s featured in only three of Juve’s six games this season, amassing 139 minutes of football, so it’s clear he’s not a regular under Massimiliano Allegri. Manuel Locatelli, Rodrigo Bentancur, Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey have been preferred in midfield, so the US international might be moved on.

Whether Arsenal do business with the Serie A giants in January remains to be seen, however, as Calciomercato’s report doesn’t say whether they’re looking to offload him in January. Swapping their club caption for a new face midway through the season isn’t the best policy, so any deal could wait until the summer.