Granit Xhaka: “Everybody has a dream”
Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka has said it would be a ‘dream’ to play in the Premier League, writes Sam May.
It is understood that Jurgen Klopp has recently met with the 23-years old’s agent, with Liverpool keen to secure his services.
The Switzerland International, who has Albanian decent, joined Gladbach from hometown club Basel in 2012 and is under contract with the Bundesliga club until 2019.
He has made 24 appearances this season, scoring three goals and making one assist and is said be worth £40 million.
Xhaka, who was once dubbed the ‘young Bastian Schweinsteiger’ by former Bayern Munich head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, admitted he could potentially move to the Premier League in the future.
“I think everybody has a dream,” Xhaka said. “Everybody has a childhood dream and that’s my childhood dream. If my dream comes true, it remains to be seen. At the moment I cannot say how realistic it is.”
Xhaka’s comments suggest that contact has been made with the midfielder ahead of the summer, though it is unclear from which club.
Having already signed Matip, Klopp may raid the Bundesliga once more. Xhaka would add that creative spark which is missing in the midfield and would take the pressure off Coutinho.
The Reds do however face competition from Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger keen as well as Manchester City’s incoming coach Pep Guardiola, who is keen to secure his signature.
In January, Xhaka said “it’s difficult to say no when Manchester City want you and you could play there.
“That much I have to admit,” he added, “but I’m certainly not the only one.”
It seems City have the edge over the Reds, although Klopp could persuade him to Anfield in the summer.