Granit Xhaka looks set to end his five-year association with Arsenal this summer with the midfielder set to join AS Roma.
football.london understands that Xhaka has agreed personal terms with the Rome-based outfit but the two clubs are yet to reach an agreement over a fee for the Switzerland international.
Despite this being the case for some while now, it is understood that the 28-year-old is still close to leaving the Gunners.
Roma boss Jose Mourinho has previously stated his admiration for the Arsenal man in the past, calling him the “main man” in their midfield and the former Tottenham and Chelsea manager wants to bring him to the Italian capital.
“Granit Xhaka is the main man in the entire Arsenal midfield, you can’t see it unless I lend you one of my eyes. Without him, Arsenal is lost. He is a leader. Remember, mistakes are made by humans,” Mourinho said on Xhaka.
Now, after Xhaka took to his Instagram page to bid his farewell to Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic, who has left the national side to become Bordeaux boss, Mourinho left a classy message on the post.
Xhaka said on Instagram: “What a journey! Mister, I just want to thank you for everything. We made history together!
“It’s been an unbelievable journey – thank you for all your hard work, for your support and for the way you have shaped a national team into a group of brothers.
“We won’t forget your work and we wish you all the best in Bordeaux.”
Mourinho simply left three clapping emojis to show his support to Xhaka and the departing Petkovic.
Petkovic recently led Switzerland to the Euro 2020 quarter-final, where the side were eventually beaten on penalties by Spain after a 1-1 draw.
Prior to that, the Swiss picked up a famous victory against world champions France, one that will live long in the country’s history.
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