According to the Times, Newcastle are interested in rescuing Granit Xhaka from his Arsenal hell.
The midfielder’s Gunners career is in tatters after he trudged off the pitch against Crystal Palace, heckled the fans and took off his jersey. He’s since been stripped of the captaincy and will probably never play for Arsenal again.
There’s inevitably talk of him leaving in January, which is where Newcastle come into it. The report states that Newcastle are considering an ‘audacious’ January approach, but it wouldn’t be the first time they tried to sign him.
According to Mark Douglas on Twitter, the Magpies wanted to bring Xhaka to St James’ Park when he was at Borussia Monchengladbach, but couldn’t afford him. You could say the same for a lot of players Graham Carr scouted during that period, including Xhaka’s Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette.
Graham Carr wanted to sign Xhaka was he was at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Club couldn’t afford it then. Be hugely surprised if anything’s changed.
Am sure Bruce would be interested (as he would be in number of players). Getting it past hierarchy entirely different thing.
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) November 8, 2019
As Douglas says in his tweet, if Newcastle couldn’t afford him then, they probably won’t be able to now either. He cost Arsenal £35 million in 2016, and the Sun states that he is currently on £130,000 a week. That’s £50,000 more than our best paid player Miguel Almiron.
Back in the day, Xhaka was the kind of player you’d expect to be linked with Newcastle. They’d use the Magpies as a stepping stone to get a bigger move, just like Yohan Cabaye did.
But right now, there’s no need for Xhaka at Newcastle. He’s a bad egg with a lot of baggage.