Midfielder Wanted On Loan
Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is being linked with a European transfer deadline-day move to Serie A side Roma.
The 30-year-old has made just one Premier League start for the Gunners so far this season and while he wasn’t one of the players told by manager Unai Emery that he should look for another club he isn’t an automatic first-team choice.
Any move for Mkhitaryan is likely to be a loan deal. Having failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League Roma have had to tread carefully in the transfer market this summer. While the club have spent £94 million on new players that has had to be financed by £90 million worth of sales.
Members of the Roma hierachy have already been in touch with Arsenal over the possibility of a loan move with the right of redemption next summer.
However, the Gunners will have stump up a large proportion of his wages for the coming season. Roma’s penury extends to salaries and they aren’t in a position to pay the whole of his £200,000 a week earnings.
Mkhitaryan only has a low valuation in Arsenal’s books. He arrived at the club from Manchester United in January 2018 as part of the deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move to Old Trafford. But Sanchez’s valuation stood at around £5 million and with no cash changing hands in the transfer it is thought Mkhitarjan ‘inherited’ that valuation.
The Armenian – who has scored seven goals in 39 appearances for Arsenal – is under contract at the Emirates until the end of June 2021.