Henrikh Mkhitaryan is ready to take a pay cut – provided that he can stay with Roma.
The 31 year old joined the Italian side on a season long loan from Arsenal in August, and after several years of indifferent performances in the Premier League, first with Manchester United, and then with the Gunners, is enjoying his football again with his new club.
He does not figure in Mikel Arteta’s plans for the future at the Emirates, but the North London club are not prepared to allow him to go on loan again next season, because he could then leave for free when his contract expires in 2021.
Their preference is to sell him, and use the funds raised to bolster their own transfer kitty. However, there is a difference in valuation – they want £22 million for him, whilst Roma are only ready to offer £14 million.
Now, in order to help bridge the gap, Mkhitaryan has indicated he is willing to lower his salary demands considerably in order to get a deal done.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.