Henrikh Mkhitaryan hopes to join Roma on a permanent basis after the end of his loan spell, but the Serie A club and Arsenal reportedly hold different valuations of the midfielder.
The Daily Mail reports that Mkhitaryan, who moved to the Stadio Olimpico on a season-long loan at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, is settled in Italy and would be keen to remain at Roma for the long-term. It’s noted that Mkhitaryan’s first son, Hamlet, was born in early March in the Italian capital.
However, the clubs are said to be far apart on a price for the Armenian, who will enter the final year of his Arsenal contract in the summer. The Gunners have put a price tag of £18m on Mkhitaryan, while Roma are looking to pay £10m.
Mkhitaryan moved to Arsenal in January 2018 after spending a year-and-a-half at Manchester United as part of the transfer that took Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction. He made 63 appearances for United, scoring 13 goals, having previously played for Pyunik, Metalurg Donetsk, Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund. He made three appearances for Arsenal at the start of the season before making the switch to Il Lupi.
The 31-year-old is also captain of Armenia, as well as the country’s record goal scorer with 29 goals in 86 caps. He made his international debut in 2007, but was unable to help his country to a place at Euro 2020. Armenia finished in fifth place of Qualifying Group J, behind Italy and Finland, who reached the tournament, and Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Only Liechtenstein placed below Armenia.
Prior to the suspension of the Serie A season, Mkhitaryan had made 17 appearances for Roma, scoring six goals. Mkhitaryan was on the score sheet on his Roma debut, in a 4-2 win over Sassuolo in September, having played for Armenia against Italy 10 days earlier.
Armenia were on the receiving end of a 3-1 home reverse in that fixture, with Mkhitaryan coming up against a number of future teammates. Armenia were also trounced 9-1 by Italy in Palermo in November, a fixture Mkhitaryan missed due to an adductor muscle injury.