Henrikh Mkhitryan has, once again, confirmed he wants to stay in Rome but admits it’s up to Arsenal and Roma to strike a deal.

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)

Back in May, it was reported that Roma initially wanted Arsenal to extend Mkhitaryan’s loan deal, but apparently they’re now looking at a swap deal instead, according to reports and the best sportsbooks.

Mkhitaryan, however, has made his feelings perfectly clear. Just in case they weren’t already.

“I would like to stay at Roma, I am well at this club and I like the philosophy of Fonseca,” the midfielder told the media.

“To be honest I would like to stay not only next year, but for many more seasons. But it’s not up to me. I’m on loan from Arsenal, so the clubs will eventually come to an agreement.”

Corriere dello Sport, 9 June 2020

Per other reports, Mkhitaryan has a clause in his Arsenal contract allowing them to extend it by another year to 2022. Roma were hoping Arsenal would do just that instead of loaning him out to another club. However, it came with a wage increase from £7.5m to £12.5m for the player.

Unsurprisingly, CdS reported that move makes no sense to Arsenal.

They don’t want to commit more money to Mkhitaryan and would prefer a sale this summer to get him off the books completely.

This has apparently prompted Roma to get creative and start offering players instead, the Justin Kluivert card being their ace.