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Roma approach Xhaka after Arsenal secure Lokonga deal

The Roma are one step closer to reaching an agreement for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka after the Premier League club found a replacement in Albert Sambi Lokonga.

The new Giallorossi coach Jose Mourinho has made the arrival of a new central midfielder a priority at the Stadio Olimpico and identified the Swiss captain Xhaka, although long negotiations have not yet resulted in an agreement.

However, as reported by Tuttomercatoweb.com, the arrival of Lokonga from Anderlecht earlier this week paved the way for Arsenal to sack Xhaka and Roma are confident of reaching an agreement in the coming days.

Arsenal are also targeting Sassuolo’s Italian international central midfielder Manuel Locatelli despite facing stiff competition from Juventus and have started planning a life without Xhaka.

The former Borussia Mönchengladbach player came to the Emirates Stadium in 2016 and scored 13 goals in 220 appearances.

Xhaka, 28, will mark Roma’s second takeover this summer after joining goalkeeper Rui Patricio from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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