Jose Mourinho sent strong Granit Xhaka warning as Arsenal star closes in on £17m Roma transfer

Former Roma goalkeeper Fernando Orsi does not understand why his old club are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.

football.londonunderstands that the Switzerland international has agreed a five-year contract with the Italian club as he closes in on teaming up with Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho, who was sacked by the Gunners‘ rivals Tottenham in April, has been in regular contact with Xhaka over the past few weeks over a move to Rome.

While the final fee has not been disclosed, sources involved in the deal have told that it is expected to be in the region of €20m (£17m).

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Xhaka looks set to end his five-year association with Arsenal in the near future to join Roma, but former goalkeeper Orsi is not convinced over what the Swiss star will bring to the Stadio Olimpico.

Orsi said on Italian radio station Radio Radio’s Mattino Sport: “[Granit] Xhaka is a box-to-box midfielder, but he does not have great dynamism.

“The player does not completely convince me, he is not exciting.

“He is physical, he does not solve the problems of the team, but in a team he is good.”

Xhaka has had a very up and down career at Arsenal, but has been a regular under the three managers he’s played for – Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta.

The summer window is officially open, and it’s going to be tough to keep up with the comings and goings in and out of the Emirates.

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The 28-year-old will be hoping to become a regular too under his soon-to-be manager Mourinho, and judging from past comments made by the Portuguese coach, the midfielder could be a crucial part of his plans.

Speaking in 2019, Mourinho said: “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.”

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