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Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan ‘open to taking pay cut if he is allowed to stay on loan at Roma’

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is so desperate to stay on loan at Roma for another season that his willing to ‘take a massive pay cut’. 

The 31-year-old forward has been enjoying life in Italy’s capital under Paulo Fonseca. 

And according to the Sun, his agent Mino Raiola is hinting that the Armenian would sign a new contract with Arsenal on half his £180,000-a-week wages if he can stay on loan with the Serie A side. 

Roma are eager to sign him permanently but the Gunners are demanding £22million, which they feel is overpriced.  

Mkhitaryan’s current deal with Arsenal expires next summer so there is a chance he could leave for nothing in just over a year. 

Having joined in a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez going to Manchester United, the former Borussia Dortmund man never managed to convince in north London. 

But his form has been solid in the Eternal City despite early injury issues this season. 

Mkhitaryan has six goals and three assists to his name in 13 Serie A games, an impressive output that saw him feature regularly before the season was postponed due to coronavirus. 

Fonseca wants to keep hold of him but Roma will not spend more than £14m on the transfer. 

Mkhitaryan is resigned to the fact that his Arsenal career looks to be over with young guns Nicholas Pepe, Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka vying for first-team roles. 

So there could be a desire from both parties to strike a deal, which might even be a loan fee to take Mkhitaryan to the end of his contract and ensure he does not leave for nothing.    

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