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EPL: Xhaka could seal Arsenal exit this week as Neves becomes target

Roma are pushing to tie up a deal for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka before Switzerland begin their Euro 2020 campaign this weekend.

The Italian side have identified Xhaka as a main target for this summer’s transfer window, with new manager Jose Mourinho keen to bolster his squad.

Roma hope they can sign Xhaka, who has two years left on his Arsenal contract, for around £15million but Arsenal are thought to want closer to £20m.

The Serie A club are pushing to complete a deal before Xhaka and Switzerland start their Euro 2020 Group A campaign against Wales in Baku on Saturday.

Xhaka has been at Arsenal since 2016 and is open to the prospect of a new challenge after five years at the club.

His departure would leave Arsenal needing to bolster their midfield and Wolves’ Ruben Neves has emerged as a target.

The 24-year-old, however, would not come cheap as Wolves are said to want around £40m for the Portugal international.

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One interesting aspect in any deal for Neves could be the role of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who was a target for Wolves last summer.

The 23-year-old’s future at Arsenal is uncertain after his loan spell at West Brom ended and renewed interest from Wolves could help see Neves move the other way.

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