According to Forza Roma (a contributor to La Gazzetta dello Sport), Arsenal have turned down a €10 million offer for Henrikh Mkhitaryan from AS Roma.
The Armenia international is currently on a season-long loan at the Stadio Olimpico and appears to have impressed head coach Paulo Fonseca with his professionalism. So much so, that they wouldn’t mind keeping the midfielder on a permanent basis.
Mkhitaryan’s departure in the final hours of the European transfer window, organised swiftly by Mino Raiola, was a bit of a surprise given it came hours after he’d featured against Sp*rs and not long after the sale of Alex Iwobi.
That said, few tears were shed. During 18 months at the Emirates, he was an infuriatingly inconsistent and, under Unai Emery’s tutelage, didn’t seem to be enjoying himself much. It turns out very few were.
Does Mkhitaryan have an Arsenal future? It seems unlikely. He’s on big wages, secured as part of the swap deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford (LOL), and he’s getting on a bit.
If the report is true and we’ve rejected a €10 million offer, that seems fair enough. We may not have paid a fee for him ourselves but he’s a decorated player with a decent back catalogue of clubs. We should be holding out for at least double that amount.
It’s said that Mkhitaryan has already picked up Italian, his eighth language(!), and wouldn’t mind putting down some roots in the Italian capital with his wife pregnant with their first child. So far this season he has three goals and an assist to his name in 10 appearances for the Giallorossi.
One to keep an eye on.