AS Roma bid €15m plus €2m in bonuses to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Arsenal at the end of the season, according to reports.

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 23: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of AS Roma in action during the Serie A match between AS Roma and US Lecce at Stadio Olimpico on February 23, 2020, in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY – FEBRUARY 23: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of AS Roma in action during the Serie A match between AS Roma and US Lecce at Stadio Olimpico on February 23, 2020, in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Corriere dello Sport report that AS Roma placed their first bid for Mkhitaryan recently. Working through the player’s agent, they’re opening negotiations with Arsenal, who are willing to hold a discussion over the transfer.

For now, the two clubs are a way apart in terms of valuation though. Arsenal want around €24m, Roma are offering €15m plus €2m in bonuses. The belief is that they’ll go as high as €20m, but not €24m.

As for Mkhitaryan, he reportedly loves the city and the idea of living permanently in Italy. The Italian outlet doesn’t expect personal terms to cause problems, with a decrease in wages but a longer deal, providing more security for the 31-year-old.

With the current situation in Italy, there’s no chance we’ll see Mkhitaryan on the pitch for a while yet. If the season ends early, perhaps that will affect Roma’s willingness to buy. It’s hard to say at this point.

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