Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his official website that Arsenal have agreed to release Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a free transfer in order for the Armenian attacker to complete a permanent deal with AS Roma.
Mkhitaryan, 31, is currently on loan and both the club and the player have extended his current loan spell until the end of the Serie A campaign. Both club and player have also confirmed that their is an agreement beyond that.
However, neither parties confirmed how a deal would be arranged – with the player contracted at Arsenal until the summer of 2021. Roma are desperate to sign Mkhitaryan, after six goals and four assists in 17 games.
Now, Di Marzio has given supporters clarity – by confirming Arsenal have agreed to terminate the contract of the former Manchester United and Dortmund star, allowing him to join Roma for nothing. He will sign a one-year deal.
I'm very pleased, as finally we could reach an agreement for me to stay until the end of the current season, with a provisional deal for next season too. I'm happy to stay here because I still have things that I haven’t achieved yet that I want to achieve.
— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) July 1, 2020
TBR’s view – Have Arsenal just shot themselves in the foot?
Yes, Mkhitaryan earns wages of around £180,000 (Spotrac) and getting those off the wage bill is a big saving. But the Armenian could have been used as a makeweight, or even as a source of cash.
Certainly, the Gunners could have raked in at least £10million for the player’s services. But if they have opted to release the player, then surely they have given in Mino Raiola’s demands – rather than standing firm.