Italian outlet CalcioMercato have claimed that Arsenal have expressed a ‘strong appreciation’ for Roma winger Justin Kluivert as talks continue between the Gunners and Roma for the permanent sale of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Mkhitaryan, 31, is currently on loan at Roma from Arsenal and after a difficult start, the former Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund star has regained his confidence and begun to shine. He has scored six and created four in 17 games.
Roma are desperate to keep Mkhitaryan and the Armenian is keen to stay in the Italian capital. But Roma are finding it difficult to raise the necessary funds, even with Arsenal reducing their asking price to just £10million – as per the Mirror.
So, it is likely the two clubs will have to find a player-plus-cash agreement. Arsenal have stated they want to sign 21-year-old Kluivert, son of ex-Barcelona and Newcastle striker Patrick. It remains to be seen if Roma are willing to lose Kluivert.
TBR’s view – Kluivert would be a stunning signing for Arsenal
If the Gunners can arrange a decent fee and Mkhitaryan for the two-time Netherlands international, they will have struck a bargain. Kluivert is a decade younger than Mkhitaryan and boasts enormous potential.
Still not the finished product, The Ajax product does have plenty of experience under his belt already having played 56 times for his boyhood club – and then 62 times for Roma. Dropping Mkhitaryam’s enormous pay cheque from the wage bill is crucial.
But to use Mkhitaryan in a player-plus-cash deal for Kluivert would be excellent business.