Player ready to secure exit by accepting lower wages

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan doesn’t particularly want to come back to Arsenal.

That is, in essence, what Friday’s Corriere dello Sport are telling their readers, as they have a big article on how and why the Armenia international could stay in Rome.

Currently loaned at AS Roma, the playmaker has found a new lease of life in between his injuries, picking up some form again in the weeks leading up to Serie A being put on hold because of the Covid-19 crisis.

This convinced the Italians to try and get him to stay longer, and two options are being worked on: either a loan extension (but he would need to renew his Arsenal contract first) or just buying him outright.

We’ve already covered all of this earlier this week, and the details have stayed the same, but what has been added this time around is Mkhitaryan’s desire to stay.

They explain this could make things considerably easier for Roma, as the Arsenal loanee is ‘ready to lower his wages’, which in turn could help Mino Raiola, who’s currently working on this with the Serie A side’s director of football Gianluca Petrachi, secure a lower selling price for his client.

There’s a lot of ifs in the article, so nothing is guaranteed, but the general feeling from the player’s end is he likes it in Rome, gets along with Paulo Fonseca, his manager, and has made it clear he would like to remain where he is if he can.

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