And give up on any chance of a decent end to the season?No of course we're not getting £26m for Xhaka now but January last year he was practically signed for that fee until Arteta convinced him to stay. That's decent cash that could have been used to buy a replacement. No chance of getting anything like that for him now.
I want us to upgrade on Xhaka / Elneny / Ceballos too, but it's pretty easy to just say "replace X!!" without coming up with any affordable replacements we could sign. Pretty harsh on Arteta too given that these players have been here for ages and he's only had one (incredibly difficult) summer transfer window to improve the squad.
And I'll bet whatever you want that any Xhaka replacement we sign will cost more than the transfer fee we receive for him?