Roma lose Inter-bound Henrikh Mkhitaryan

by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja

UEFA Europa Conference League champions, AS Roma, are set to lose Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan to 2022 Coppa Italia winners, Inter Milan, after failing to improve on their contract offers.

The club noted that they could not match the €3.5m offered by Nerazzurri to the former Arsenal player, who joined coach Jose Mourinho’s side in 2019.

Mkhitaryan will join Inter Milan on a free transfer after his contract officially ends on June 30 at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Armenian, who is a key figure in Mourinho’s plan for next season’s campaign, brings his four years sojourn with the Giallorossi where he featured 87 times, registering 27 goals in all Serie A competitions.

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According to reports, the attacking midfielder deemed surplus to requirement by Mikel Arteta in Arsenal first joined Roma on loan in the 2019-2020 season before making the deal a permanent one. In that season, he scored 9 Serie A goals in 22 appearances.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan are looking to bolster their squad ahead of next season to challenge for the Serie A title after missing this season to arch-rivals AC Milan.

Nerazzurri, who missed out on extending Croatian Ivan Perisic’s contract to Tottenham, turned their attention to Mkhitaryan, a versatile midfielder who can function in the wings and also in the central position.

Confirming a deal has been agreed between both parties in a Tuesday’s report by Il Corriere Dello Sport, Roma have accepted the Armenian will leave after they refused to increase their last week’s offer.

The report also said the midfielder has bid a farewell to his teammates after the agreement was reached.

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