Ar­se­nal con­firm Xhaka deal agreed

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LON­DON—Ar­se­nal an­nounced the sign­ing of Switzer­land mid­fielder Granit Xhaka from Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach on Wed­nes­day.

The Premier League side said the deal has yet to be of­fi­cially rat­i­fied, but terms have been agreed with the 23-year-old.

“Ar­se­nal have reached an agree­ment with Granit Xhaka to join the club on a long-term con­tract for an undis­closed fee,” said a state­ment from the North Lon­don­ers.

Xhaka, the son of Kosovo Al­ba­nian im­mi­grants, has rep­re­sented Switzer­land 41 times and helped Glad­bach to a fourth place fin­ish this sea­son, bring­ing with it Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball.

Glad­bach had said last week that they had re­ceived an of­fer for Xhaka, who then ad­mit­ted he could see him­self play­ing in an Ar­se­nal shirt.

“Granit Xhaka is an ex­cit­ing young player, al­ready with good Cham­pi­ons League and Bun­desliga ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Ar­se­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger of his first close sea­son sign­ing.

“We have been watch­ing him for a long time now and he is a player who will add qual­ity to our squad.

“We wish Granit a good Euro 2016 with Switzer­land and look for­ward to wel­com­ing him to Ar­se­nal ahead of next sea­son.”

The trans­fer is still to be of­fi­cially com­pleted but Ar­se­nal have con­firmed Xhaka’s con­tract will be­gin on July 1.

The news comes as the Premier League re­vealed on Wed­nes­day that Ar­se­nal be­came the first club to top #100 mil­lion ($147m, 132m euros) in earn­ings from a single sea­son.

Ar­se­nal fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Le­ices­ter City mean­ing they earned less than the cham­pi­ons in merit pay­ments based on their league fin­ish.

But bit­ter north Lon­don ri­vals Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s late-sea­son col­lapse al­lowed them to pinch sec­ond place and an ex­tra #1.2 mil­lion that took their sea­son earn­ings over the #100 mil­lion mark.

The Gun­ners ben­e­fit­ted from the great­est amount of fa­cil­ity fees, mean­ing they fea­tured in more live tele­vi­sion matches than any­one else with 27 com­pared to Manch­ester United’s 26, 25 for Manch­ester City, just 21 for Spurs and a mea­gre 15 for Le­ices­ter.

Manch­ester City nar­rowly edged out United for sec­ond place in the earn­ings ta­ble with a shade un­der #97 mil­lion, while Le­ices­ter were only fifth with a lit­tle over #93 mil­lion.—AFP

Real Madrid Cris­tiano Ronaldo plays with a ball dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion ahead of Satur­day’s Cham­pi­ons League soc­cer match fi­nal be­tween Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid.

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