Arsenal started negotiations with 21-year-old Serie A attacker
The London giants could be offered the opportunity to offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Roma and snap up Justin Kluivert in the process, reports say. Armenia international has been out on loan with Roma this campaign and is reportedly eager to make his switch permanent.
Henrikh has already agreed to take a wage cut on the £200,000-a-week contract he has with Gunners. Super agent Mino Raiola has been tasked to sort out Mkhitaryan’s future and is in talks with the Giallorossi about keeping the 31-year-old attacker in Italy.
Henrikh has offers from Russia, but Raiola thinks he might be able to reach an agreement where Gunners and Roma get what they want. Raiola also represents the Netherlands international, who has been linked with Gunners in the past and a move to the Premier League.
Justin is still developing at Roma, but Mino thinks he would be a good fit for Gunners. The proposal would be for the Armenian attacker and Kluivert to swap clubs and Gunners pay a fee of £11-13m on top of that to Roma. That would save Giallorossi money and give Raiola the freedom to negotiate a bigger salary for Henrikh at the Italian club.
Kluivert has scored seven goals in 27 games for Roma this campaign and is the son of Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert. The London giants will be on the battle for bargains in the next transfer window after suffering financially from the covid19 pandemic.
It is unclear when the next transfer window will open as the Premier League and Serie A aim to follow the Bundesliga in resuming action this summer.