Mino Raiola says comments attributed yesterday to Henrikh Mkhitaryan by Corriere dello Sport are ‘fake news’ and that his client would never put pressure on a transfer at a time when football faces so much uncertainty.
Against the backdrop of a reported eagerness to turn his loan deal with AS Roma into a permanent move, the Italian sports daily claimed the Armenia international had the following message for Arsenal:
“My time in London is over, I hope you manage to find an agreement with Rome because my desire is to stay.”
The comments did seem a little out of character for Micki – he’s pretty reserved – and Raiola has been quick to hit back with suggestions they were fabricated.
In a statement on Twitter, Raiola wrote: “Mkhitaryan did not send any message to Arsenal. Specially in times like these, fake news are completely unacceptable.”
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
What isn’t disputed is Roma’s eagerness to retain Mkhitaryan’s services. As we mentioned in yesterday’s report, head coach Paulo Fonseca is on record saying, “I want him to stay and he also wants to stay.”
In the short-term, discussions between Arsenal, Roma, Raiola and Mkhitaryan will likely focus on an extension to his current loan deal, which ends on 30 June, in line with FIFA recommendations. To finish the current Serie A season – should it restart – the midfielder will probably need to re-sign until the end of August.