Arsenal have reportedly slashed Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s asking price ahead of what promises to be a topsy-turvy summer window, and that has got to convince Newcastle United’s new owners into a move.
Mkhitaryan, 31, has endured a difficult few seasons since coming to the Premier League. Just 13 goals in 63 Manchester United appearances saw the Armenian chance his arm at Arsenal, where only nine strikes followed in 59 outings.
It was a complete contract to his stunning stats at Borussia Dortmund, which saw the playmaker have a hand in 90 goals during his 140 matches. It saw the Gunners loan Mkhitaryan to Roma this summer, without a permanent clause.
Mkhitaryan has seemingly rediscovered his shooting boots and his form was rapidly improving before the global health crisis struck. Six goals and four assists in 17 Roma outings has seen the Serie A side look to sign him permanently.
The issue with Roma’s move for the versatile attacker is that they are severely lacking in funds, which has seen Arsenal reduce the player’s asking price to £10million at most in order for Roma to secure a move – as per Football London.
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s soon-to-be owners continue to scour the transfer market for new, big-name players as they look to immediately stamp their mark on the Tyneside club. Philippe Coutinho, Gareth Bale and Edinson Cavani have been linked.
The Toon could do with a winger that can combine with Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin behind the striker, and Mkhitaryan at a bargain fee could be ideal. Certainly, Newcastle would be able to afford his £180,000-a-week wages (Spotrac).
Represented by Mino Raiola, the 86-time international would be the ideal big-name option for Newcastle this summer – and although he has struggled in England, regular game time at Newcastle would surely see Mkhitaryan shine.