Leeds United are reportedly in the mix to sign Luzern skipper Ardon Jashari along with the likes of Celtic, Napoli and Arsenal – a player that once said it “would be a dream” to follow in the footsteps of current Arsenal ace Granit Xhaka.

Jashari, 20, has instantly earned himself the reputation of being one of Switzerland’s best young players. Despite only playing 40 times for Luzern at senior level, he has already captained the side. He was part of the Swiss World Cup team.

Sky Germany report that Leeds are keen – along with Celtic, Napoli, Dortmund and Frankfurt. A fee between £5.3m and £6.2m is required to land the talented youngster. Reports from Italy claim Arsenal are interested in him.

Speaking to Swiss outlet SRF towards the end of 2022, Jashari spoke about his future. He says he would love to follow in the path of Arsenal star Xhaka – emulating the Swiss icon’s career. So much so, Jashari says it would be a dream.

“(Comparisons with Xhaka) make me incredibly proud,” Jashari said to SRF, on being likened to Xhaka. “But I have to keep my feet on the ground and continue to perform. Following a career path like Xhaka’s would be a dream.”

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Leeds in mix to sign Jashari: Player dreams of following Xhaka

Leeds do need more depth in the middle of the park. Tyler Adams’ absence against Manchester City was felt, and Marc Roca’s form has been poor of late. He was dropped for Adam Forshaw during the 0-0 draw against Newcastle United.

Darko Gyabi is still a rookie, though promising. The same with Archie Gray, who has been injured. Stuart Dallas is still returning from a long-term injury and it is unclear what level he will be at, when he is back. Another midfielder is ideal.

Jashari is young, cheap, but with plenty of experience already at his tender age. If he is being compared to Xhaka and wants to emulate him, then Leeds could do a lot worse than give him the platform to go on and prove as such.

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