Mino Raiola to be contacted in ‘next few days’ to discuss Arsenal transfer exit

AS Roma will contact the agent of Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the next few days in an attempt to persuade the player to join on a permanent deal, according to Sky Italy reporter Gianluca Di Marzio. Arsenal midfielder Mkhitaryan, who is spending this season on loan at Roma, is represented by super agent Mino Raiola. The Armenia international has scored six goals and contributed three assists in an injury-hit campaign in Serie A, where he has made just 13 league appearances.

But Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has seen enough to want to sign Mkhitaryan on a permanent deal.

And progress could be made this week after Raiola is contacted about his client.

“What about Mkhitaryan? AS Roma would like to buy Mkhitaryan and to have Mkhitaryan in the future,” Di Marzio told Sky Sports.

“At the moment they haven’t approached Arsenal to have a price or to try a deal to buy him.

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“But the coach Fonseca wants him, the sports director [Gianluca] Petrachi wants him.

“I think in the next [few] days they will talk to Mino Raiola, the agent, and the player because their will to stay in Rome could be important for the deal.

“So Roma will do what they can to get Mkhitaryan and to let Mkhitaryan stay in Roma on a permanent deal.”

Portuguese boss Fonseca has stated his desire to keep Mkhitaryan and says the player also wants to stay in Rome.

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“I’ve already said it and I’ll say it again: I want Mkhitaryan to stay. Henrikh also wants to stay,” Fonseca said.

“However, it must be said that everything is on pause right now. We still need to talk to Arsenal.

“I want to keep working with him. He’s a great player and a great man.”

Meanwhile, Di Marzio says it is unlikely Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira will join AC Milan despite interest last summer.

“AC Milan wanted to sign Lucas Torreira last summer,” he added.


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“He has never wanted to force a move to go back to Italy.

“He only listened to Milan’s proposal, but Arsenal immediately said he was not in the market and that they didn’t want to sell him.

“I don’t think Milan will spend €40million or €50m on Torreira to bring him back.

“I also don’t feel Torreira wants to come back to Italy just yet.

“He is a very good player, so some offers may arrive for him and even then Arsenal will still decide what they want to do.”

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