Super agent Mino Raiola has claimed Arsenal attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s alledged quotes are “fake news” on Twitter, but somewhat bizzarely, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has weighed in on the issue.
Mkhitaryan, 31, is currently on loan at Roma and has impressed for Paulo Fonseca’s side – having a hand in 10 goals during his 17 appearances for the Italian outfit. It comes as little surprise that Roma are keen to keep the Armenian.
Indeed, Mkhitaryan is unlikely to have much of a future at Arsenal and talks between the Gunners and Roma have reportedly begun over a permanent move. But Mkhitaryan has supposedly looked to hurry up a move with his latest comments.
As reported by Corriere dello Sport, Mkhitaryan has informed Arsenal that his time in “north London is over”, but his agent Raiola has since branded such a claim as “fake news” – to which another of Raiola’s clients responded, in Ibrahimovic.
The claim from Ibrahimovic may have just been a bit of banter, given the duo used to play together at Manchester United. But it is certainly unclear as to the Swede’s intentions.
Mkhitaryan non ha mandato nessun messaggio all’Arsenal. Soprattutto in momenti cosi, le fake news sono assolutamente inaccettabili.
Mkhitaryan did not send any message to Arsenal. Specially in times like these, fake news are completely unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/Fyh35MdO9D
— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) May 7, 2020
No it is true News it is acceptable https://t.co/tdhMiAGOIX
— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) May 7, 2020
TBR’s view – Arsenal must sell Mkhitaryan
Regardless of Raiola claiming Mkhitaryan’s decision to inform Arsenal his time at the club is over was fake, or Ibrahimovic’s strange response, Arsenal must still get rid of the former Borussia Dortmund star.
The CDS report claims Arsenal would be willing to sell Mkhitaryan for just £8.7million, but it is getting him off the wage bill which is more important – rather than the cash brought in for his services. Mkhitaryan is believed to earn £180,000 a week.