Italian outlet Leggo have claimed that Arsenal could sign Roma attacker Cengiz Under this summer in a player-plus-cash deal that would allow Henrikh Mkhitaryan to remain at the Serie A side beyond his loan spell.
Mkhitaryan, 31, joined Roma on loan from Arsenal last summer without a permanent clause in the deal. But after scoring six goals and creating four more in just 17 league and cup appearances, Roma want to keep the Armenian star.
However, Roma lack the kind of resources needed to sign Mkhitaryan on a permanent basis – with Arsenal valuing the former Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United ace in the region of £17.4million.
But Roma are willing to work around that obstacle and would be willing to wave goodbye to Under in order to land Mkhitaryan. The 22-year-old Turkish star has dropped out of the starting line-up, despite having a hand in 29 goals in 85 Roma outings.
The report claims Arsenal would need to offer Mkhitaryan for Under, as well as a fee in the region of £8.7million. Such a deal would benefit all parties, and see the Gunners wipe Mkhitaryan’s enormous £180,000-a-week (Spotrac) pay cheque off the bill.
TBR’s view – Mkhitaryan out, Under in, is top Arsenal business
It seems like a move that simply has to happen. Arsenal are slightly lacking in quality out wide and with Mkhitaryan seemingly without a future at The Emirates, it is only right that The Gunners use the Armenian to benefit them.
Under has enormous potential and already more than 200 professional appearances to his name for club and country. More than able to score goals, Under is just as creative and has shown that since his move from Istanbul Basaksehir.
Clearing up the wage bill, and bringing in a player like Under for a bargain fee, is top business by the Gunners – if it goes through.