Arsenal edge closer to completing Xhaka capture

Arsenal are closing in on their first signing of the off-season after VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach captain Granit Xhaka arrived in London to undergo a medical.

The 23-year-old Switzerland international has taken a step closer to joining Arsene Wenger’s side, with the two clubs involved still haggling over a fee thought to be in the region of £35million.

Both Wenger and the player are hopeful of concluding the transfer ahead of Euro 2016, where Switzerland will be aiming to progress from a group containing hosts France, Romania and Albania.

The imminent signing of Xhaka will offset the departure of veteran duo Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky, while Mathieu Flamini could potentially follow them out the Emirates exit in the coming weeks.

Xhaka helped Mönchengladbach to a fourth-place finish in the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign, making 28 appearances in the league and a further five in the Champions League.