According to a report from Forza Roma, Arsenal have rejected an £8.5 million bid from AS Roma for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Armenian has been on loan at the Italian capital since September and he seems to have done enough to impress the club. Arsenal are said to be open to selling him but for a fee much higher than what they have received.
A wonderful player on his day, Mkhitaryan sadly couldn’t hack it in England. His spells at both Manchester United and Arsenal were underwhelming despite a positive start for both sides.
Now in the Serie A, Mkhitaryan’s game is a lot more effective and it makes sense to continue his career there. The former Dortmund attacker has struggled with injuries but had a bright start for Roma, scoring on his league debut.
The Armenian started the first game of the season for Arsenal against Newcastle but was shipped off three weeks later. It is hard to imagine that he has any future at the Emirates and the report reveals that he has made his decision to stay at Roma.
The report also claims that the coming months will be decisive in determining Mkhitaryan’s future. Roma have already set aside a good chunk of money for Chris Smalling who has turned his career around there.
Mkhitaryan performing at the top level in the coming months will be good for Arsenal in the negotiations. The 30-year-old is more than capable of lighting up the Serie A and it is up to him to convince Roma to pay the big bucks.