Arsenal have scouted midfield target 30 times to ensure he’s better option than Toni Kroos & Victor Wanyama

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Arsenal have scouted Borussia Monchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka an incredible 30 times this season as they prepare to spend big on a midfielder, according to The Mirror.

The Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger has had representatives watch the Switzerland international on a weekly basis ahead of sanctioning a £30million summer swoop.

Wenger is notoriously stingy with Arsenal’s money and has only spent more than £30m on two players – Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil – fees confirmed by The Express.

And before splashing out again, the Gunners boss clearly wants to make sure that Xhaka is the right man to build his midfield around, as opposed to his other reported targets.

The Mirror adds that Arsenal have made enquiries about Real Madrid pass-master Toni Kroos, and are also keeping tabs on Southampton powerhouse Victor Wanyama.

But The Mirror also understands that Wenger is only likely to sign one midfielder, and that 23-year-old Xhaka is the favourite after impressing Arsenal’s watching scouts.

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