Football transfer rumours: Granit Xhaka to Newcastle United?

Today’s tell-all would that it were so simple Stripped of the captaincy, out of the team and the target of toxic abuse from many of Arsenal’s fans, it would be no small understatement to state that Granit Xhaka is a mite concerned about his future­ – or apparent lack thereof – at the club. With the European Championships ahoy he wants regular first-team football to guarantee his place in the Switzerland squad and may well seek a move in January if Unai Emery continues to keep him sidelined. His departure seems inevitable, as it is difficult to see him weaselling – or indeed having any interest in weaselling – his way back into what passes for the good books of Arsenal’s perennially dissatisfied supporters. While Xhaka has widely assumed to be plotting a move back to the Bundesliga, the Times reports that Steve Bruce is “ready to offer him a lifeline” by handing him the opportunity to play in front of another set of constantly aggrieved fans by bringing him to Newcastle. While speculation surrounding Xhaka’s imminent departure is unlikely to bother Gooners who dished it out at the Emirates, only to clutch their pearls like Victorian ladies upon getting some back, they are likely to be more disturbed by whispers emanating from the Catalan press linking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Barcelona. The Spanish champions see the Gabon international as the ideal replacement for Luis Suárez , who could be off to play MLS now his superpowers are waning. Continue reading...

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