Swiss midfielder, Granit Xhaka has finally left Premier League giants, Arsenal to go join the Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen for a contract worth £21.4 million, or 25 million euros of five years, making a permanent move.
Granit Xhaka leaves Arsenal for Bundesliga
According to the latest reports, the Switzerland international has signed a contract which will bind him to the German club for a period of five years.
The 30-year-old midfielder had previously joined the Gunners back in 2016 and also has the experience of being a captain for a brief time for the Premier League club in the past around 2019.
Xhaka had one more year left in his deal with Arsenal, however everyone had already expected him to leave the Gunners’ side this summer transfer window.
On the club’s end, Arsenal are not missing on opportunity to gear up for the new season in hand and have already almost completed the signing of the British midfielder Declan Rice, probably in one of the most talked about transfer of the summer.
Granit Xhaka joins Bayer Leverkusen for 25 million euros
Declan Rice’s signing of Arsenal from West Ham United is set to become the most expensive signing for Arsenal ever and also, he will become the most expensive British player in history.
Granit Xhaka is decorated with about 23 goals scored in a total of 297 appearances he had made for Arsenal, and has also aided the team in winning the FA Cup not once, but twice and then also to finish as the runners up in the previous season for the title race.
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Xhaka had also scored two goals in Arsenal’s final match of the season, which was played against Wolves, that they won 5-0. He was later substituted off the pitch, but ended up receiving a standing ovation from the fans.
However, back in 2019, Xhaka had come very close to leaving Arsenal for good, as admitted by himself, after having an angry confrontation event with the same Gunners’ fans in a match played against Crystal Palace during 2019 October.
This was the event which had made him step down from the captaincy of the club, only a month after he had been given the armband and the baton to lead by their then manager Unai Emery.