Roma Intends To Keep Mkhitaryan After Arsenal Sets €25M Price.

Roma have reportedly been informed by Arsenal that they will have to come up with €25m (£23.1m) if they want to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a permanent deal during this summer’s transfer window, Sports Mole reveals.

Roma leadership intends to keep the midfielder of the Armenian team Henrikh Mkhitaryan at any cost, Sky Sport Italia reported.

The 31-year-old joined Roma on loan from the Gunners last summer and has made 20 appearances during the 2019-20 campaign, contributing six goals and four assists in the process.

According to Corriere dello Sport, though, Arsenal are asking for €25m (£23.1m), which would prove problematic for the Serie A outfit, while the Armenian’s €7m (£6.5m) per season wage packet would also be an issue for the Giallorossi.

Mkhitaryan moved to the Emirates Stadium in January 2018 as part of the deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United. The versatile attacker has only scored nine times in 58 appearances for the Gunners, though, and was deemed surplus to requirements ahead of the current season.

Joaquin Caparros, the new head coach of Armenian national team in an interview with the FFA made some remarks about Mkhitaryan:

“Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a high-level player, a true professional. I wanted to see him playing against Sevilla, but unfortunately the match didn’t take place due to coronavirus danger,” Joaquin Caparros, the new head coach of Armenian national team told in an interview with the FFA official site.

“I know that Henrikh is a person devoted to his nation and country. His presence is very important for the teammates as they feel more confident on the pitch,” the head coach added.

Asked what factors played a role in his decision to take charge of the Armenian national team, the Spaniard said: “The fact that Gines Melendez and Antonio Flores, who were my tutors during coaching courses in Spain, are working here, but decisive factor was the program of the FFA. When I met the president for the first time, I understood that this is a serious project. I know how enthusiastic the players are about playing for the national team and what a pride it is to wear a national team jersey.”

H/T PanArmenian

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