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Roma’s initial bid for Granit Xhaka reportedly fell significantly short of Arsenal’s asking price and they are preparing a second offer for the midfielder.
Jose Mourinho, who will be Paulo Fonseca’s successor at Roma, is reportedly keen to make the Switzerland international the first signing of his reign.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Serie A side’s opening offer came in at €13million, including bonues, some €7m short of the north London club’s asking price. So Roma are now preparing a new bid.
Mourinho has publicly praised Xhaka in the past and the 28-year-old is said to be keen to work with the former Tottenham and Chelsea manager, having decided the time is right to seek a fresh challenge after five years with Arsenal.