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Roma refuse to give up on £100,000-a-week Arsenal midfielder

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Italian side Roma are reportedly hesitant on preparing a second bid for Granit Xhaka after their initial offer fell very short of Arsenal’ss asking price.

Jose Mourinho who was sacked by Tottenham before their carabao cup clash with Manchester city had been appointed as Roma new manager in may, wants to make the Switzerland international his first transfer target of his reign as Manager.

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Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta persuaded Granit to remain at Arsenal after he appeared set to sign for Hertha Berlin 18 months ago, but will reluctantly allow him to depart in a bid to raise funds to help speed up his own summer transfer plans.

The Arsenal chief have made Martin Odegaard his top transfer target after the Norwegian impressed on loan during the second half of last campaign from Real Madrid, while the likes of Emi Buendia and Yves Bissouma are high on his wanted list.

Roma’s opening offer, meantime, according to Gazzetta dello Sport came in at €13m, including bonues, some €7m short of Arsenal’s asking price.

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The Giallorossi finished seventh in Serie A last term and are unlikely to be able to spend big this summer and could offer the Gunners a player of their own to help get a deal for Granit over the line.

Arsenal were linked with Amadou Diawara in the past and Roma are understood to be willing to include the Guinea international in their next offer for Xhaka.

 

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