Leverkusen confirm signing of Granit Xhaka


Granit Xhaka, a midfielder for Arsenal, has been officially signed by Bayer Leverkusen to a five-year contract.

In his seventh and final season at the Emirates Stadium, the midfielder had his greatest year at Arsenal during the 2022–23 season, leading the Gunners to a second-place finish.

Leverkusen reportedly put together a package around €25 million to sign the 30-year-old this summer.

After making the switch, Xhaka told the club’s official website: “I know the league inside out and I watched it when I was in London. Bayer 04 is a club with an impressive history and ambitious targets. Above all, I see it as a club with a great future. Discussions with the management have been incredibly motivating. Everybody here is ambitious and wants to achieve something – I’m very much looking forward to the next few years.”

The club’s sporting managing director Simon Rolfes also expressed his delight at the signing, saying: “In Granit we have been able to bring in an absolute top player.”His ability on the pitch is well known. But, above all, there are few players who are able to so convincingly lead a team like he does thanks to his outstanding mentality and personality,”

The information is released as Arsenal’s world-record acquisition of Declan Rice nears completion. This summer, Arsenal and West Ham United reached an agreement for a transfer fee of £100 million plus £5 million in add-ons. The medical for the player is set to take place on Friday.