Sport Witness have unearthed an interesting comment from Swiss journalist Marcello Pelizzari.
The journalist was interviewed in the Italian press about two of Switzerland’s international stars – Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and AC Milan’s Ricardo Rodriguez.
Both Xhaka and Rodriguez have lost their places recently for different reasons, and Pelizzari was being interviewed about the impact of that on them internationally.
Rodriguez has lost his left-back place at Milan to new-signing Theo Hernandez. Hernandez joined Milan in a big-money move from Real Madrid this summer.
The plight of Granit Xhaka has been well-publicized since he made antagonistic gestures towards Arsenal fans when being substituted against Crystal Palace a few weeks ago. Xhaka was stripped of his captaincy and has not been involved for the Gunners since.
This is what the journalist had to say about the Swiss midfielder’s options:
“At this moment, Xhaka has various options on the table. There’s been talk of Newcastle, which would be a welcome solution, because he can remain in the Premier League.”
The journalist also mentions other options for the 27-year-old defensive midfielder with Dortmund and AC Milan. However, it appears as though Xhaka may prefer to stay in the Premier League. Marcello Pelizzari also stated that it is almost a certainty he will leave Arsenal in January.
On Friday, it was reported that Newcastle are interested in bringing Xhaka to Tyneside. Newcastle were originally linked with Xhaka when he was at Monchengladbach before his move to Arsenal in 2016.
There were reports yesterday that Xhaka was house hunting in Milan which may be a more reasonable destination for him.
We still think this is a tenuous link for Newcastle at best. The player is on extremely high wages, which Newcastle are unlikely to match. Even bringing Xhaka in on loan could hinder the development of both Longstaff brothers.
While we think Xhaka is a tremendous footballer, we are not sure he is a good fit for Newcastle at the moment.