Arsenal close to offloading Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin as Mikel Arteta seeks to fund summer swoop for £40m-rated Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves
- Former Gunners boss Emery is keen to reunite with Bellerin at Villarreal
- Midfielder Xhaka edging closer to a move to Italian side Roma
- Arsenal keen to raise funds to make a move for Wolves midfielder Neves
Arsenal are in talks to sell both Granit Xhaka and Hector Bellerin as they look to raise funds to make a summer move for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.
Sky in Italy report that former Gunners boss Unai Emery is keen to reunite with Bellerin at Europa League winners Villarreal.
Sevilla are also understood to be interested in the 26-year-old Spaniard.
Arsenal are in talks to sell both Granit Xhaka (left) and Hector Bellerin (right)
Xhaka, who has also worn the armband, is edging closer to a move to Roma, according to the Daily Express.
Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the former Borussia Monchengladbach man and publicly praised him while in charge of Tottenham.
Arsenal are keen to raise funds to make a move for Portuguese midfielder Neves, who is valued at around £40million.
Arsenal are keen to raise funds to make a move for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves
Wolves are willing to sell the Portuguese international this summer following the departure of manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
David Luiz was the first to announce his exit after the Gunners completed their season in eighth, with Willian, Bellerin and Bernd Leno among others understood to be looking for a way out.
The Gunners are setting the starting price at £20m, with the 28-year-old set to leave the Emirates two years before his contract expires.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will need to sell first before he can make signings this summer
Despite explosive fall-outs with the fans, a long line of embarrassing mistakes and the Swiss star being stripped of the Arsenal captaincy in November 2019, he is seen as a leader in the dressing room.
Mourinho has been a long-term admirer, embracing the midfielder after Spurs’ second north London derby victory over their rivals this season, and praised him back in 2019.
‘Xhaka is the main man in the entire Arsenal midfield, you can’t see it unless I lend you one of my eyes,’ the former Chelsea boss said.
‘Without him, Arsenal is lost. He is a leader. Remember, mistakes are made by humans.’