There’s a report today that Newcastle are after 23 year-old Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka who currently plays for Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany.
Granit Xhaka – 39 times capped Swiss International midfielder
We understand Newcastle have made initial contact with the representatives of Swiss MF Granit Xhaka. #NUFC
— Soccer Sauce (@soccer_sauce) December 30, 2015
Granit started his career at Basel back in 2002 and has played for all the Swiss Youth sides and he joined Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 for around £6M and has since played 120 times with 9 goals.
He is reminiscent in playing style of a top German central midfielder currently at Manchester United and former Swiss national manager Ottmar Hitzfeld once called him the young Schweinsteiger.
Granit is of Kosovo Albanian parents who moved to Switzerland shortly before Granit was born and he has a younger brother Taulant Xhaka who also plays football and is still at Basel.
Interestingly Taulant has 10 full caps for Albania after playing for all the Swiss youth sides through U21 – much like his older brother did but Granit went on to play for the full Swiss side.
The 6’1″ midfielder would be a terrific singing for Newcastle, but of course there’s no saying if this report has any truth to it.
But it will take players of Xhaka’s class to ensure Newcastle remain a Premier League club at the end of this season.