Granit Xhaka agrees deal to leave Arsenal and sign for Hertha Berlin

Granit Xhaka wants to leave Arsenal and join Hertha Berlin (BPI/REX)

Granit Xhaka’s agent has confirmed the Arsenal midfielder has reached an agreement to join Hertha Berlin.

The 27-year-old was stripped of the captaincy in November after he clashed with Arsenal fans at the Emirates Stadium during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on October 27.

After a brief period on the sidelines, Xhaka returned to the team and was even given a start in Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge as Arsenal drew 1-1 with Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

Before the match, Arteta also insisted that the Switzerland international is a key part of his plans going forward.

But Xhaka is keen to return to the Bundesliga and has agreed a deal in principle with Hertha, although the German club have not yet reached an agreement with Arsenal.

Xhaka played in Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge as Arsenal drew with Bournemouth (BPI/REX)

‘Look, I will say it frankly and honestly, we are in agreement with Hertha BSC and would like to go to Berlin,’ Xhaka’s agent José Noguera told Blick.

‘We have told Arsenal’s club boss Raul Sanllehi and sporting director Edu Gaspar, as well as the new coach Mikel Arteta.

‘Arsenal was informed about all the steps, the player and Hertha are clear.

‘It’s only about the transfer fee of the clubs.’

According to Blick, Hertha have offered €25 million (£21.3m) to Arsenal for Xhaka.

The Gunners spent around £30m to sign Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016.


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