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Report suggests Arsenal might need to hand Henrikh Mkhitaryan a new contract

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Report suggests Arsenal might need to hand Henrikh Mkhitaryan a new contract

Arsenal are hoping to sell the Armenian to Roma but the Italian side are looking for a loan with an obligation to buy.

The potential exit of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Arsenal is becoming more and more complicated. It has recently been reported that the Armenian’s loan club Roma are keen on making his deal at the Stadio Olimpico permanent. 

However, a report from CalcioMercato has highlighted why a permanent deal may not be in the offing. 

The report claims that Roma are not willing to pay the €25 million (£22m) asking price Arsenal have set for the playmaker’s signature. Despite impressing in glimpses, the 31-year-old has also had several injury troubles this season.

Instead, his agent Mino Raiola will reportedly try and negotiate a season-long loan deal with the right for Roma to sign him permanently in the summer of 2021 at an agreed fee. 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan of AS Roma gives instructions to his teammates during the Serie A match between Roma and Bologna at Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy on 7 February 2020. (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, as Football Italia report, this brings another stumbling block. Mkhitaryan’s current deal at Arsenal expires in the summer of 2021. 

 

For the Gunners to agree to this Roma deal, they would first need to extend Mkhitaryan’s contract at The Emirates by at least another year. 

Otherwise, Mkhitaryan will be free to negotiate moves elsewhere next year, regardless of any deal with Roma. 

It is certainly becoming something of a confusing situation re Mkhitaryan and any potential Roma move in the near future. Mkhitaryan recently suggested he could return to Arsenal in an interview with The Times, whilst also taking a swipe at former boss Unai Emery for forcing his Arsenal exit.

But considering his limited impact at Arsenal since arriving as part of the Alexis Sanchez-Manchester United swap deal in 2018, fans will just be hoping a suitable exit is found for the midfielder. 

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