that true but we not asking 40M for each it's 20M Xhaka who Value is 30M and 15M bellerin who value is bit more 20M how more we should under value our players? i think we'll still end up letting go for cheap if we are desperate to improve.Xhaka & Bellerin talking about the moves must make it even harder for Edu to get the required fee
Sometimes dreams come true, I said this in January.
I'm tired of Roma as well tbf
To me it looks like Xhaka will get an extension, and Elneny will go out next. At least that is what I hope Xhaka will do, an extension.
We have two Real loanees in midfield currently, and Elneny is not good enough. So Xhaka is a good squad player at least for the next years, if he accepts that role.
Option 4 - extend by a year and try again to sell next year, maybe clubs have recovered from COVID and money is more readily available, this way you don't have a player in his last year where you are forced to sell or lose for nothing.What is there to protect? This is probably the last possible opportunity for us to sell him for money. He won't be a sellable asset anymore
We have three options:
1) Sell him for 15M which Roma is offering now.
2) Hold him for 2 years and let him go for free.
3) Extend his contract, pay his wages for 4/5 more years and lose him for free.
Being better than Elneny is not really a badge of honour. We have seen 5 years of his game here and he has been mediocre at best. This is the right window to move on from him. With the new contract, we are just promising him that we will pay his wages for a few more years.
About bench players, bench should be reserved for youngsters to get minutes at high level, super subs who can create impact off bench, mature players who can see out a match when we are having a single goal lead. Xhaka is none of these.
Options 1 and 2 are much better than option 3.