Henrikh Mkhitaryan has made it clear that he does not intend to continue his career with Arsenal and hopes that the club will be able to sell him to AS Roma when the transfer window opens.
The 31-year-old midfielder joined the Serie A outfit in September on a season-long deal and appears to be enjoying his spell in the Italian capital.
While some might argue his creative (albeit ridiculously inconsistent) presence has been missed at the Emirates, it seems hard to believe we’ll look to retain the services of a player who is one of our highest-earners.
At the time of his move to the Stadio Olimpico, it was reported the Romans would have the option to buy the player this summer. It’s hard to tell if a fee was set at the time, but with the transfer market likely to suffer from a lack of liquidity it’s likely we’ll have to lower our asking price. Sources in Italy suggest the original mooted fee could be halved to around €10 million.
When asked about his future, Corriere dello Sport claim the player 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.”
Last week head coach Paulo Fonseca said, “I want him to stay and he also wants to stay, however, it should be clear that everything is now on hiatus, and we’ll have to talk to Arsenal. I want to continue working with him because he’s a great player and a great man.”
Mkhitaryan joined the Gunners from Manchester United in the Mino Raiola-concocted swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez move the other way. They both made a load of dosh but neither made a real impact. Like Micki, Sanchez has since been shipped out on loan to Italy.