Arsenal are opening talks with AS Roma over the permanent transfer of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, including a possible player-plus-cash deal.
John Cross of the Mirror reports that Arsenal are ‘ready to sell’ Mkhitaryan this summer to try and raise funds, and they’re in talks with AS Roma over a permanent move.
Roma are keen to bring the player in, but they reportedly aren’t even willing to pay £10m. The Serie A club would prefer a player-plus-cash deal, with negotiations still in the very early stages. Arsenal prefer cash, and will only do a deal for a fair price.
That’s part of the reason that deal seems unlikely now. Arsenal would need to hand over around £10m as well as Mkhitaryan, to sign a right-winger on top of the £72m winger they already have. It doesn’t seem like the best use of funds.
Bringing £10m in isn’t an incredibly impressive deal either. However, it would free up a fair portion of the wage budget and at least slightly increase Arsenal’s available transfer funds. A deal is still a while away for the moment.