Italian outlet Leggo have claim that Arsenal could sign Roma attacker Cengiz Under this summer in a player-plus-cash deal that would allow Henrikh Mkhitaryan to remain at the Serie A side beyond his loan spell.
Mkhitaryan, 31, joined Roma on loan from Arsenal last summer without a permanent clause in the deal. But after scoring six goals and creating four more in just 17 league and cup appearances, Roma want to keep the Armenian star.
However, Roma lack the kind of resources needed to sign Mkhitaryan on a permanent basis – with Arsenal valuing the former Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United ace in the region of £17.4million.
But Roma are willing to work around that obstacle and would be willing to wave goodbye to Under in order to land Mkhitaryan. The 22-year-old Turkish star has dropped out of the starting line-up, despite having a hand in 29 goals in 85 Roma outings
The report claims Arsenal would need to offer Mkhitaryan for Under, as well as a fee in the region of £8.7million. Such a deal would benefit all parties, and see the Gunners wipe Mkhitaryan’s enormous £180,000-a-week (Spotrac) pay cheque off the bill.