AS Roma and Arsenal are still a way apart in terms of their respective valuations of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to reports in Italy.

VERONA, ITALY - DECEMBER 01: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of As Roma celebrates after scoring the 1-3 goal during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona and AS Roma at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi on December 1, 2019, in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
VERONA, ITALY: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of AS Roma celebrates after scoring on December 1, 2019. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Calciomercato.com report that despite some rumours in England, Arsenal still value Mkhitaryan at around €17m, a figure AS Roma aren’t happy with.

Along with the €3m loan fee Roma paid at the start of the season, that brings his total fee to €20m. The Serie A club feel that’s too high for a player who played so infrequently this season so far.

They also want him to lower his wages. Calciomercato claim Mkhitaryan earns €7.5m net as things stand, but he’d have to give up at least €2m to join Arsenal. On the positive side, they’re willing to offer a deal to 2024, which is long for a 31-year-old.

Mkhitaryan scored six goals and assisted four in 17 appearances for Roma before the Serie A shutdown. He had two fairly serious injuries, keeping him out for most of October, November and January.

In between, the winger was clearly playing well. He was in particularly good form before the break, contributing to five goals in four games. But Roma will worry the injury problems could get worse as he gets older.