There is a report in the Telegraph about Newcastle’s interest in Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka. This is more confirmation that Newcastle have a genuine interest in Xhaka.
In the article, it is claimed that Steve Bruce is watching the 27-year-old’s situation closely and believes Newcastle have a chance to land the Swiss international in January.
Xhaka is believed to want to leave Arsenal if he cannot get back into the team. He has not been involved for Arsenal since the incident with their fans against Crystal Palace over two weeks ago.
With the European Championships taking place in the summer, Xhaka feels he must be playing first-team football to maintain his place in the Swiss team.
The report also maintains that another central midfielder is a priority for Bruce in January. He feels that Xhaka fits the bill of what Newcastle need in the midfield. Bruce is looking at other midfield targets as well, according to the Telegraph.
Newcastle have been linked with Strasbourg’s Ibrahima Sissoko and Spartak Moscow’s Alex Kral, both defensive midfielders, over the past few weeks.
We’re not sold on bringing in Xhaka at this point. While he could certainly improve the squad, a lot will depend on how Newcastle fare over the next nine matches before the window opens.
Despite having injuries and suspensions in their midfield, Newcastle have not been lacking in the center of the pitch. Bringing in another central midfielder could also impact the development of the Longstaff brothers.
Xhaka’s age and high wages also are outside of Newcastle’s policy for new signings. We just don’t think there is too much in this link at the moment.