By Jack Bezants for MailOnline
Published: 06:54 GMT, 24 December 2019 | Updated: 07:04 GMT, 24 December 2019
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is considering a remarkable player-plus-cash bid for Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, with Granit Xhaka the player potentially moving the other way.
Arteta is drawing up a shortlist of players to refresh his squad at Arsenal after being confirmed as manager last week.
And, according to The Guardian, Foxes midfielder Ndidi is one of his top targets.
Wilfred Ndidi is reportedly a target for Arsenal under their new manager Mikel Arteta
Manager Brendan Rodgers has described Ndidi as a key part of his setup with Leicester
Mikel Arteta has been drawing up a shortlist of players he wants to refresh the Arsenal squad
The 23-year-old has been an integral part of Leicester’s surge up to second in the Premier League table, with 20 appearances and two goals in all competitions so far this campaign.
Tempting Leicester into talks will be difficult during the mid-season transfer window, with boss Brendan Rodgers looking to consolidate their position in the top four. Leicester are also in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, where they will meet Aston Villa.
When Leicester defeated Unai Emery’s Arsenal in November, Rodgers heralded Ndidi’s role in his team.
‘Ndidi is absolutely key but for any team you need a good defensive midfield player that can do a lot of the dirty work as they say,’ Rodgers said.
‘He smells danger. He can cover the ground so fast, he can press up to the ball, he can cover in.
‘Tactically he is improving and playing better. He is playing in a specific position we haven’t played before where he can run and he has got a clear role to sit and protect and be that link player.
‘With the ball he is getting better. His game is simple. He just needs to serve the players in front of him and be an option to play off the centre-halves and full-backs and continuity in the game.’
Granit Xhaka appears destined to depart Arsenal after a row with supporters in October
Fellow midfielder Lucas Torreira has also been linked with a January departure from Arsenal
Switzerland midfielder Xhaka appears destined to depart Arsenal after reacting angrily to being substituted off during the club’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in October.
He appeared to shout ‘f*** off’ at fans as he made his way off of the pitch and towards the Arsenal dugout in the Premier League clash with his team’s London rivals.
Fellow midfielder Lucas Torreira has been repeatedly linked with a move to Napoli in the new year as well.
Arteta’s first match as Arsenal boss begins away to Everton on Boxing Day, while Ndidi and Leicester will host leaders Liverpool.
Arsenal ‘lining up £40m plus Granit Xhaka’ bid for Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi
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