Winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to return to Arsenal this summer, with AS Roma reportedly unwilling to meet the Gunners’ valuation of the player.
The Armenia international is currently on loan with the Italian side, where he has made 15 appearances so far.
The 31-year-old is said to be keen on joining the club permanently, but The Sun say Roma don’t want to pay the £20 million asking price.
Apparently, the club tried to sign Mkhitaryan as their own last month, making an £8.5 million offer which was rejected out of hand by Arsenal.
Paulo Fonseca is said to be interested in keeping Mkhitaryan, but the clubs seem quite far apart right now in terms of coming to an agreement.
Mkhitaryan has endured a very underwhelming stint at Arsenal since joining in January 2018 as part of a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez join Manchester United.
The forward has struggled for consistency, with fans often bemoaning his lack of an end product.
TBR’s view – Mkhitaryan must be sold
Arsenal should strongly consider lowering their valuation of Mkhitaryan in order to help shift permanently him this summer.
A new man may now be at the helm at Arsenal, but Mkhitaryan has had plenty of chances to prove his worth at the Emirates Stadium.
He is on huge wages of £160,000-a-week (Sun) and age 31 he is arguably already in decline.
Mikel Arteta has some lively options on his hands in the likes of Bukayo Saka, Nicolas Pepe, Reiss Nelson and Gabriel Martinelli, and his focus should instead be on trying to develop those players.