Arsenal could follow Man Utd example to secure transfer exit of £180,000-a-week flop
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could take a similar approach to Manchester United in an attempt to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan off the club’s books in the summer transfer window. The 31-year-old is currently on loan at Roma but as it stands he is set to return to the Emirates this summer where he will continue to be paid his £180,000-a-week wage.
Roma are interested in making the move a permanent one, but according to ESPN, the Gunners are holding out for £10million for the attacking midfielder.
The report claims the Giallorossi are unwilling to match his current salary and for a deal to be completed they are seeking financial assistance from the Gunners.
Roma are looking for this to either come in the form of a lower transfer fee or by agreeing to top up his wages for the remainder of his contract.
This would see Arsenal contributing toward Mkhitaryan wages while playing for another team for a year, as his deal with the Gunners expires in 2021.
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United already do this for Alexis Sanchez, as Red Devils pay a considerable part of his wages for him to play for Inter Milan, although the Chilean is on loan a the club with no permanent transfer agreed.
It was Sanchez’s departure from Arsenal that saw Mkhitaryan arrive at the Emirates in a swap deal in January 2018, with both players being reward with bumper contracts.
However, both players subsequently failed to perform for either club since making the switch.
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As for Mkhitaryan, he has made his position clear that he doesn’t see a future for himself at the Emirates, according to Italian publication Corriere dello Sport.
It claims the Armenia international told Arsenal: “My time in London is over.
“I hope you manage to find an agreement with Roma because my desire is to remain.”
Mkhitaryan scored nine goals and provided 13 assists in 59 appearances for the Gunners, although Artea suggested in March that the attacking midfielder could still have a future at the club.
“I always like him,” the Spaniard said.
“He is the kind of player who can fit in any team when he is at his best.”
However, Arteta wants to continue the overhaul of his squad this summer and taking a small financial hit to free up a large part of the club’s wage bill, could end up being the best option for everyone involved.
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