Roma will pay €3m (£2.7m) for loaning Arsenal attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to Sky Sports. The Armenian international has joined the Italian side for the rest of the season.
There is no option to buy in the loan deal, but it is believed that the Gunners will look to offload the 30-year-old permanently next summer, with Arsenal hoping he impresses during his time in Italy.
Fans on Twitter are delighted that the club will receive a fee for Mkhitaryan and that the club won’t have to pay his wages:
— Miad Hasan (@banterman_007) 2 September 2019
They can keep him for that lmao
— Jayden (@JaydenJr_) 2 September 2019
And wages worth £10m for a season saved.
— RedArmy (@nischal_15) 2 September 2019
Double that and you can sign him
— Oliverrr* (@Oliverr_14) 2 September 2019
And his wages. Excellent bit of business
— RAS AFC (@RAS_afc) 2 September 2019
Are you sure that isn’t what we are paying Roma to take him for the year?
— alan miller (@jalanmiller) 2 September 2019
— 🔴 KittoO ⚪️ (Özil nabbed Mytweet CheckPinned 😎) (@IamKitto0) 2 September 2019
Many supporters have also again been crediting the work done by Raul Sanllehi, the club’s Head of Football Operations, who has masterminded the club’s summer transfer business:
At this point I’m ready to make Raul the coach. Convinced he can do anything.
— Accio Arsenal (@AccioArsenal) 2 September 2019
DON RAUL HAS DONE IT AGAIN!
— Mitch Franco 🔴 ⚪️ (@TheAFCFranco86) 2 September 2019
Unreal from Raul.
— JG (@AFC_JG) 2 September 2019
Mkhitaryan has not lived up to expectations since arriving from Manchester United in a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez back in January 2018. The playmaker scored nine goals and provided 13 assists in 59 appearances for the Gunners.