Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan ‘open to taking pay cut if he is allowed to stay on loan at Roma’
Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan ‘open to taking pay cut if he is allowed to stay on loan at Roma for another season’
- Henrikh Mkhitaryan has enjoyed life at Roma and wants to stay next season
- Armenian attacking midfielder is not in Mikel Arteta’s future Arsenal plans
- He will accept a decrease in wages to remain on loan in the Eternal City
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is so desperate to stay on loan at Roma for another season that his willing to ‘take a massive pay cut’.
The 31-year-old forward has been enjoying life in Italy‘s capital under Paulo Fonseca.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants to stay at Roma on loan and could take a pay cut to do so
Roma are eager to sign him permanently but the Gunners are demanding £22million, which they feel is overpriced.
Mkhitaryan’s current deal with Arsenal expires next summer so there is a chance he could leave for nothing in just over a year.
Having joined in a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez going to Manchester United, the former Borussia Dortmund man never managed to convince in north London.
But his form has been solid in the Eternal City despite early injury issues this season.
Mkhitaryan has impressed this season after overcoming injury issues at the start
Mkhitaryan has six goals and three assists to his name in 13 Serie A games, an impressive output that saw him feature regularly before the season was postponed due to coronavirus.
Fonseca wants to keep hold of him but Roma will not spend more than £14m on the transfer.
Mkhitaryan is resigned to the fact that his Arsenal career looks to be over with young guns Nicholas Pepe, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka vying for first-team roles.
So there could be a desire from both parties to strike a deal, which might even be a loan fee to take Mkhitaryan to the end of his contract and ensure he does not leave for nothing.
The Armenian is now 31-years-old so entering a critical final phase of his career