This is what Newcastle United's hierarchy believe could happen with Granit Xhaka
Newcastle United’s hopes of signing Granit Xhaka on Arsenal’s willingness to loan him out.
The Switzerland international, stripped of the captaincy at Arsenal after swearing at supporters as he left the field following his substitution against Crystal Palace, needs to play ahead of next summer’s European Championships.
Newcastle face competition from abroad, notably AC Milan. However, there’s a belief that Arsenal yet could be prepared to loan out the 27-year-old – who plays for Switzerland alongside United defender Fabian Schar – in the New Year. It is hoped that Schar could persuade Xhaka to move to Tyneside.
The other issue is Xhaka’s £5m-plus salary, which would break the wage structure at St James’s Park.