Chelsea icon says Blues should sign former Arsenal star this summer

Granit Xhaka had a superb season with Bayer Leverkusen as they won the Bundesliga (Picture: Getty Images)

Frank Leboeuf believes his former club Chelsea should try and tempt Granit Xhaka back to the Premier League and sign the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder this summer.

It would certainly be a move that would ruffle feathers in north London as the Swiss star played nearly 300 games for Arsenal from 2016-23.

He left the Emirates for Germany last year and enjoyed a superb season playing under Xabi Alonso, winning the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal.

Leboeuf feels the 31-year-old would be the perfect addition to the Chelsea midfield and they should be making a move for Xhaka during this transfer window.

There is no suggestion that this move is on the cards, but the Frenchman would love to see it.

‘I’m telling you the one who Chelsea should sign is Granit Xhaka. He’s so impressive and I think Chelsea should have signed him when he left Arsenal,’ Lebouef told BoyleSports, who offer the latest Euro 2024 Betting.

‘He has been phenomenal for Switzerland at the EUROs and he was also the Player of the Season for Leverkusen – he suits Chelsea so well, particularly in midfield with Enzo and Caicedo.

‘He could be the missing piece of the puzzle for them.’

The Blues are likely looking for a new striker this summer as well, with Napoli star Victor Osimhen linked, but Lebouef has recommended a couple of other options.

New Chelsea manager Enzo Maresca has a big job on his hands (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I really rate Victor Osimhen and I feel he would be a great, great striker for Chelsea,’ he said. ‘He’s so strong, good in the air. I know he had some issues last season, but he can take on players and is a natural goal-scorers

‘Chelsea should look at Lens and Lille for cheaper strikers – over the last ten years they have got their business for strikers bang on and sold them for big profit. Jonathan David and Lois Openda have been superb in the French league over the years and they did not cost a lot.

Niclas Fuellkrug has been a danger up front for Dortmund and Germany (Picture: Getty Images)

‘If I was Chelsea, I would look at signing Elhi Wahi from Lens. He is a quality player and he could be a similar profile to Drogba, who joined from Marseille for such a cut-price fee. If you look at the market right now, the striker options are very short. Kane is struggling for England, Morata is average for Spain, Havertz is pretty poor and I’m not sure why Nagelsmann has played him every game.

‘Niclas Fullkrug should also be an option, he has the x-factor, he’s so dangerous every time he comes on for Germany and I know he’s 31, but I believe he would add a lot of quality to Chelsea and would fit English football perfectly.’

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