Arsenal could soon part ways with Henrikh Mkhitaryan as agent Mino Raiola works towards a deal which would also see Justin Kluivert head to the Emirates Stadium, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Mkhitaryan has been on Arsenal’s books since joining from Manchester United in 2018 but has spent the majority of the 2019-20 season on loan at Roma, where Dutch winger Kluivert currently plies his trade.
With funds expected to be tight both at the Emirates Stadium and at the Stadio Olimpico this summer, big-money moves aren’t likely to be on the agenda – loan deals, free transfers, youngsters and bargains are more likely to be pursued instead.
Part-exchange and swap deals could also be on the cards, and according to Gazzetta dello Sport, talks have taken place between Arsenal and Roma this week over the possibility of such an arrangement, with Raiola mediating as the agent of both players.
The Italian outlet claims Arsenal could spend between €35m to €40m (£31m to £36m) for Kluivert, while Roma could pay €12m to €14m (£11m to £12.5m) to sign Mkhitaryan permanently, which means the Gunners would be shelling out between £18.5m and £25m plus Mkhitaryan for Kluivert.
With Arsenal reportedly having little money to play around with in the market this summer, the prospect of a fee up to around £25m for a dazzling 21-year-old attacker that Goal.com claimed “can become one of the best players on the planet” and “will be king”, plus getting a £180,000-a-week player off the wage bill, is surely tempting.
Kluivert has changed positions under Paulo Fonseca at Roma – he had been utilised mainly as a winger, but had started to play as the man behind the main striker prior to the suspension of Italian football, which means more strings to his bow and more versatility at Mikel Arteta’s disposal.
The Netherlands international even has a soft spot for Arsenal and the Premier League – in the summer of 2018 he told Helden: “England appeals to me: Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea or Manchester United are nice clubs where I can see myself playing in a few years.”