Footy Extras

Roma could reopen discussions with Arsenal over all-action midfielder

Serie A giants Roma haven’t completely given up on their hopes of landing Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka in the ongoing transfer market.

Manager Jose Mourinho made it clear early in the window to his club that he wanted to take the player to the Stadio Olimpico this summer.

The Swiss star even agreed on personal terms with the Giallorossi and was believed to be interested in working with Mourinho next season.

But the Italians failed to make an offer that would convince the Gunners, who wanted £17 million (€20 million) from his departure.

The track faded when it emerged that the north Londoners are close to agreeing on a new deal with Xhaka, but according to the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, the Stadio Olimpico outfit are still hopeful.

Mikel Arteta has publicly said that Xhaka will stay at Arsenal next campaign and he is expected to sign a new contract.

Arsenal are in discussions with his representatives but it has been stated that a contract extension is yet to be agreed.

With his signature still missing from the dotted line, the Rome-based side are hopeful that they might be able to reopen the talks for his transfer.

They are keeping a close eye on the situation and are ready to pounce if they see an opening.