I’m curious to see what the price will be in the end. Arsenal has a poor basis for negotiation: the player wants to leave & has already agreed with a club.
Perhaps we have a different understanding of good and bad negotiating positions, but I don’t see that as a bad basis at all. There is nothing better as a seller to drive up the price than when a potential buyer wants something. In addition, it is generally known that Hertha has just landed at Lot at Monopoly and has pockets full of play money. If you know that the potential buyer has more money than is necessary and wants the player in question, that is a very good negotiating position in my opinion. A bad basis would have been if Arsenal was looking for a buyer out of financial difficulties.
But this is now shown very one-sided.
Hertha doesn’t want Xhaka at all costs, but first
once an experienced midfielder, who is increasingly outside of a larger club. For me this means: The greatest possible experience and the highest possible basic quality at the most reasonable price. Interestingly, Wanyama was traded even before Xhaka. So there are alternatives (anything else would be negligent).
Arsenal is economically in a presumed sovereign position and does not have to sell. From a sporting point of view, it could also pose a certain risk, especially in winter. However, the situation has already escalated internally. Xhaka has fallen out with the fans and the club management. He absolutely wants to leave immediately and maybe he still wants to go to Hertha. At least to the fans, it is hardly possible to convey a whereabouts. Of course you can still stubborn and make no concessions. But if both sides (player and club) do, there are two big losers and neither of them is called Hertha, who can and will sign another player.
Xhaka itself basically has the most difficult role in the whole. He played out his arguments fully and must now hope for a quick agreement between the two clubs. In my opinion, his side should no longer gamble even higher, because Arsenal does not want to suffer any facial loss and may otherwise put him on the bleachers despite his own disadvantages.
Conclusion: I see a rather complex triangle constellation, where each side has its arguments. Since Xhaka and Hertha should already agree, Arsenal has little to gain despite a sovereign financial situation. You could of course make an example, but with Auba and Co they already have enough unrest in the club, so that they will want to arrange. If they want to keep and use Xhaka at any cost, the further escalation could hurt a lot. Just putting it on the stands on principle does nothing economically and could also be of questionable value. They know that themselves.
Xhaka is not a shop keeper for whom Arsenal cannot find a buyer if Hertha is not merciful to give the player care. And if he absolutely wants to leave, then he will have to put up with the fact that he is moving to a club that offers a corresponding transfer fee. Arsenal will also wonder how far they have negotiated badly if they would sell it well below its market value if the club in question spent 20 million in the summer on a player who has scored 10 goals in the Bundesliga in one season and has little else to show. Then the conditions would somehow not be right.