The Daily Express have claimed that Arsenal have rejected two offers from Roma to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a permanent basis this summer, with the latest bid said to be in the region of £10million.
The 31-year-old joined Roma on loan for the 2019-20 campaign last summer and although he endured a difficult start under Paulo Fonseca, the Armenia international rediscovered his confidence and has since starred for the Italian side.
Clocking up 20 appearances in all competitions, the former Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund star has had a hand in 10 goals for the Serie A outfit – scoring six times and creating four more before the global health crisis.
Roma are keen to sign Mkhitaryan on a permanent basis but did not include a clause in the loan, and now the Italians are said to have had two offers rejected – the latter being £10million. It is believed Arsenal want £18million.
TBR’s view – Compromise needed between two clubs
Selling Mkhitaryan to Roma on a permanent basis is a deal that suits all parties this summer. Mkhitaryan is surplus to requirements at Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta preferring young stars such as Bukayo Saka and Reiss Nelson out wide.
Not only that, but Spotrac claim Mkhitaryan is earning an enormous £180,000 a week at Arsenal. Getting that off the wage bill is crucial, as is bringing in some cash. The player himself has rediscovered his confidence, and a move needs to happen.
Despite the financial restrains of the global health pandemic, Arsenal really need to compromise and if the clubs can meet in the middle between the last rejected offer and the Gunners’ valuation.