Newcastle to offer Granit Xhaka exit route from Arsenal in January transfer window

Granit Xhaka looks on during training standing beside the Arsenal crest
Xhaka appears set to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Newcastle United are prepared to offer Granit Xhaka an exit route from Arsenal in January, according to reports.

Xhaka is expected to ask for a move away from Arsenal once the winter transfer window opens after being stripped of the captaincy.

The midfielder’s furious clash with Arsenal fans at the Emirates last month has completely derailed his career at the club just a few weeks after he was named skipper.

Unai Emery appointed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as captain after axing Xhaka and the Times claim the Gunners expect the Swiss to leave in January.

Granit Xhaka trains at Arsenal amid controversy about his outburst at fans
Xhaka has been sidelined from playing since his outburst (Picture: Getty)

Newcastle are keen to take advantage of the turmoil at Arsenal and are poised to offer Xhaka a way out of the Emirates.

Steve Bruce is a fan of Xhaka and is desperate to add some steel to his midfield as he aims to steer Newcastle to Premier League safety this season.

Xhaka’s £130,000-a-week wages could be stumbling block to the deal, but Newcastle are seeking a short-term deal that would see Arsenal pay part of his salary.

Newcastle’s current top earner is Miguel Almiron, who pockets around £80,000 a week at St James’ Park.

Xhaka is desperate to resume playing regularly and it is unclear if he will feature for Arsenal again after his outburst.

The 27-year-old is the captain of Switzerland and the European Championships take place next summer.

He has continued to train with Arsenal as normal and Emery has praised his attitude in the sessions.

However, Xhaka is ‘upset’ with how he has been treated by Emery and the club in recent weeks and refused to issue an apology in the immediate aftermath of the controversy.

Xhaka was then caught surprised to see his Instagram apology appear in the matchday programme notes for the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.

He was further annoyed to discover Arsenal had added an ‘introductory sentence’ to his statement without his consent.

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