Arsenal have opened talks with Borussia Monchengladbach over a potential £34million deal for midfielder Granit Xhaka, according to reports.
Xhaka has been regularly linked with a move to the Premier League over the last 12 months, with a number of clubs understood to be interested in the Switzerland international.
In January, German newspaper Bild reported that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had met with the player’s representatives after making the 23-year-old his number one target for the summer transfer window.
However, according to Sky Germany and Football Insider, Arsenal have already opened preliminary discussions with Monchengladbach in an attempt to win the race for the talented midfielder’s signature.
Veteran trio Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky are set to leave the north London club this summer, meaning Arsene Wenger is looking to sign midfield reinforcements.
Should Arsenal beat Liverpool to the signing of Xhaka, then Klopp may be more likely to want to keep hold of Jordan Henderson, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham.