Atletico are eager to move quickly as they look to secure a replacement for Rodri, who is closing in on a move to Manchester City.
As reported by The Mirror, Atletico have identified Xhaka as their first choice to succeed Rodri in their midfield.
Arsenal are bracing themselves for a bid from Atletico Madrid for midfielder Granit Xhaka
Arsenal don’t want to sell Xhaka, but Atletico will still attempt to prise the Switzerland international away from the Gunners.
Xhaka featured prominently when fit last season – he made 40 appearances for the Gunners in total across all competitions.
Atletico are eager to bring in a replacement for Rodri, who is set to join Manchester City
Arsenal are reluctant to let Xhaka leave this summer but Atletico are set to test their resolve
The 26-year-old performed more impressively overall than he had done in his previous two campaigns with the Gunners, but he still demonstrated a tendency to make costly errors.
Last year Xhaka signed a new contract with Arsenal that is set to run until the summer of 2023.
With Aaron Ramsey having already left for Juventus on a free transfer, Arsenal surely wouldn’t be able to let another midfielder leave without bringing in a replacement.