Jose Mourinho eyes Arsenal raid as Gunners in transfer talks to steal £36m star from Man Utd

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AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho is once again interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.

That’s according to Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport, who say that the Gunners man has ‘always been Mourinho’s main goal to reinforce the midfield’ and that has not changed this month.

Xhaka, rather surprisingly, put pen to paper on a new contract with Arsenal last summer after months of speculation suggesting that he was on his way to Roma to team up with Mourinho.

However, the 29-year-old’s future in north London remains a doubt and Mourinho could look to swoop in and finally get his man.

The report from Italy also claims that Arsenal have identified Ruben Neves of Wolves as a possible replacement for Xhaka.

The 24-year-old, who is valued at £36million, has enjoyed a fine season for the Midlands-based outfit so far and has two-and-a-half years remaining on his contract at Molineux.

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Neves was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal last summer, as well as Manchester United – who are said to also be keen right now. The report states that ‘negotiations’ have already taken place between Neves’ entourage and Arsenal.

What has Neves said on his future?

In an interview with Record last month, the Wolves and Portugal midfielder addressed his future, but insisted he was not going to become distracted with the continuous speculation.

He said: “It is normal in football. Whenever there is a transfer market, there’s a lot of talk, but my goal and focus are on Wolverhampton and I am not going to change that, things have been going really well for me.

“I still have a lot to learn, I have a lot to give here. The future will be seen soon, I like to live in the present and I am happy, I feel great in Wolverhampton and I will focus here, because if I do things right I am sure the future will be bright.

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“My goal will always be to give my best and give even more for the club.”

He continued: “I could easily see myself having the rest of my career here, it is a spectacular championship.

“Only those who pass through here know how good it is to participate in the Premier League, how much we grow with each game and each training session, the environment in stadiums, the way football is lived, the way fans respect the players… it’s another level and, honestly, I see myself doing my entire career here.

“But in football, the future is very uncertain and we do not know what will happen. Obviously, I am curious to see other championships, but I definitely like being here.”

Source by Football London

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