Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has revealed that he wants to keep on-loan midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian international joined Roma from Arsenal in January and has impressed during his time at the Italian side.
With his loan term set to expire in June, there had been reports in Italy that the club was mauling a move for the playmaker.
Fonseca has confirmed this in a recent interview where he revealed his wish for the former Manchester United ace to stay. “I’ve already said it and I’ll say it again: I want Mkhitaryan to stay. Henrikh also wants to stay. He said.
Fonseca, however, admitted that the club would make concrete moves after speaking with Arsenal regarding a transfer. “However, it must be said that everything is on pause right now. We still need to talk to Arsenal.
It is understood that the Gunners are open to selling the attacking midfielder for a good fee. Mkhitaryan failed to impress at the Emirates following a high profile swap with Alexis Sanchez two seasons ago.
Mkhitaryan is thought to be on the transfer list at the Emirates and the club will be looking to ship him to raise funds for the summer.
Roma looks the early favourites for his signature though there are reports that Napoli is also interested in the 30-year-old.