Henrikh Mkhitaryan says his time in London is at an end, and he wants Arsenal to find an agreement for him to join AS Roma permanently.
After just a year and a half in London and a little under a season with AS Roma, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has made his mind up to leave Arsenal permanently. That’s according to quotes reported by Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.
“My time in London is over,” Mkhitaryan said in an apparent message to Arsenal. “I hope you manage to find an agreement with Roma because my desire is to remain.”
Corriere dello Sport claim that following negotiations with Mino Raiola, Arsenal are in agreement that it’s better to sell the player at an affordable price than keep him on the bench on a high salary. The Gunners are asking for €10m from Roma as a result.
That’s an acceptable fee for the Serie A club, but they still need the player to lower his wages.
Other clubs made enquiries over Mkhitaryan’s availability, but he politely turned them down. He’s only after a move to the Italian capital at this point.
If he’s so keen on a transfer, it shouldn’t be hard to reach a wage agreement with Roma. As long as they’re willing to pay up too, it’s only a matter of time until it happens.
Previously, other reports suggested Arsenal had turned down a loan offer from Roma. That was obviously never going to work, so hopefully, their next bid is more sensible.