Arsenal in player-plus-cash transfer exit talks but Gunners pushing for £10m straight fee

Arsenal are in talks with Roma about the possibility of Henrikh Mkhitaryan joining Roma permanently in the summer. The Armenian international has spent the current campaign out on loan in Italy.

The Serie A side have repeatedly made it clear that they would like Mkhitaryan back at the Stadio Olimpico next term.

The 31-year-old, too, has spoken about how much he has enjoyed his time at Roma, following a below-par stint in England.

Mkhitaryan has endured a huge drop-off since leaving Borussia Dortmund for Manchester United in 2016.

Having supplied 23 goals and 32 assists in 52 outings in his final season at Dortmund, Mkhitaryan has only produced 22 goals and 24 assists in 122 games across spells with United and Arsenal.

And according to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are ready to cut ties with the playmaker to raise funds for Mikel Arteta to make his own signings.

Mkhitaryan only has a year left on his contract with the Gunners and so the north London club will be keen to sell him while they can get as high a fee as possible.

The Premier League giants are said to value Mkhitaryan at around £10million – although Roma’s valuation is even lower than that.

Arsenal and Roma have been discussing a potential player-plus-cash deal for the attacking midfielder.

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But Arsenal would prefer to sell the player for straight cash to increase to help Arteta, who is set to have a minimal budget to work with this summer.

The Spanish coach has made it clear he still holds a high opinion of Mkhitaryan, who the Mirror add is still viewed as a good player and a good character by Arsenal.

The Londoners will reportedly only do business if they can reach the right deal for them, which could may leave Mkhitaryan looking to revive his Premier League reputation.

Speaking of potentially keeping Mkhitaryan back in March, Mikel Arteta said: “It’s a possibility that we have and will consider.

“I always liked him, he is the kind of player who can fit in any team when he is at his best.

“He needs to do it consistently and here he had moments and that’s what we need to assess.

“Miki is doing really well in recent games. We know the player he’s been, we know his past, and we need to have all the information to make the right decision.”

But speaking out about his future just weeks later, Mkhitaryan hinted that he feels at home in Rome.

He told The Times: “When I was at Arsenal, I had different things asked from me by the coach, people were expecting different things from here.

The philosophy of Emery was different from [Paulo] Fonseca, but here I’m feeling much better because we’re playing better football and I think it matched me.

“I prefer Fonseca’s football because we’re playing very offensively, we’re trying to have the ball all the time here and of course I like this kind of game.”

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