Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners playmaker pleads for Summer exit claiming that his time in London has come to an end.
Arsenal loanee Henrikh Mkhitaryan has made it clear that he does not see his future with the North London club anymore. In fact, the Armenian has reportedly pleaded with the club to make his loan move to AS Roma permanent in the summer.
Mkhitaryan, who moved to Arsenal as part of the Alexis Sanchez swap deal with Manchester United, faltered in the English capital. His season long loan at the Italian capital however, has been rather successful and he is in no mood to return to the Emirates in the summer.
“My time in London is over,” he told Corriere dello Sport.
“I hope you manage to find an agreement with Rome because my desire is to stay.”
Arsenal have reportedly demanded a £9m asking price on Mkhitaryan. This is a number that Roma are supposedly happy to pay despite the financial implications of coronavirus.
Mkhitaryan came in for special praise from his Roma boss Paulo Fonseca. The manager reiterated his desire to see the playmaker stay at the club.
“I’ve already said it and I’ll say it again: I want Mkhitaryan to stay. Henrikh also wants to stay,” the Portuguese boss 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.”
Apart from the Mkhitaryan, Italian reports claim that Roma are also keen on tying fellow loanee Chris Smalling from Manchester United on a permanent basis this summer.
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