Henrikh Mkhitaryan has reportedly delivered a message to Arsenal regarding his future at the club, making it clear he wants out of North London this summer.
As reported by Corriere dello Sport, the Armenian creator has told Arsenal that his ‘time in London is over’ and that his ‘desire is to remain’ at Roma.
The report also suggests the potential financials of a permanent deal for the player. Mino Raiola, his agent, has apparently been negotiating the deal between the two clubs for weeks and the current situation is that Arsenal would accept a €10 million (£8.7m) offer for the player.
Russian side FC Sochi have made a tentative approach for Mkhitaryan which the 31-year-old politely declined and it seems his heart is set on a move to the Italian capital.
It is a huge reduction in Arsenal’s previously reported asking price for the player. As reported by CdS, Arsenal initially wanted £20 million for the player, whose contract at The Emirates expires in summer 2021.
Now, it appears that Arsenal understand their best option may be to sell the player at the best price possible given his clear desire to move on from The Gunners.
Arsenal fans will be hoping they can bleed as much from this transfer as possible, despite the reduction in apparent asking price so far being more than many would have envisaged.