Arsenal transfer round-up: Granit Xhaka makes decision on potential Inter Milan switch
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Arsenal have not enjoyed quite the start to the Premier League season that their supporters may have hoped.
The Gunners currently sit 11th in the table, with manager Mikel Arteta surely looking to be in the market during the January transfer window in a bid to increase the quality of his squad.
With that in mind, here is the latest Arsenal transfer round-up.
Xhaka “no” to potential Inter Milan swap
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has no intention of leaving the club for Inter Milan.
The Italian giants had hoped to swoop for the Switzerland international in the January transfer window but, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato , that will not now happen.
Granit Xhaka is not keen on a possible move to Italy
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There were even suggestions that Inter were prepared to use former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen as part of a swap deal for Xhaka.
Now, though, it looks as though Inter manager Antonio Conte will instead try to sign N’Golo Kante from his former club Chelsea.
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The Gunners are one of the teams in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Nuno Mendes.
The 18-year-old left back recently let signed a new deal with the Portuguese club, but Calciomercato – which cites Portuguese news outlet A Bola – claims that Arsenal maintain an interest in Mendes, but face competition from Europe’s elite, including AC Milan and Juventus.
Sporting apparently want to apply a release clause of around £65million so they will be protected, should a top club come forward for their prodigy.
London move would interest Boateng
AC Milan and Arsenal are among several clubs interested in Jerome Boateng
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Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has fuelled rumours of a move to Arsenal.
German outlet Sport Bild reports that Boateng – who had a spell at Manchester City a decade ago – is set to leave the Allianz Arena as a free agent when his contract expires next summer.
Both the Gunners and Tottenham Hotspur have been credited with an interest in the 32-year-old.
Asked about his future, Boateng admitted that he would love to move to another city – and named London as one of the places that would interest him.
Impressive Saka sees transfer value rise sharply
Young Arsenal star Bukayo Saka
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Arsenal defender Bukayo Saka is among the top 10 players whose transfer values have increased the most over the course of 2020.
As unearthed by Casumo using Transfermarkt data, the versatile youngster’s value has risen from £11.7m to £36m – a huge increase of 207.7 per cent – thanks in part to his remarkable tally of 11 assists last season.
Saka, 19, cemented his place in the starting XI after Mikel Arteta’s appointment last December.