Arsenal are set to offload midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer, with the Armenia international failing to truly settle at the Emirates since his move in January 2018.
The 30-year-old moved to north London as part of the deal that saw Alexis Sanchez go to Manchester United, but neither player has shown their best form on a regular basis since the transfer.
reporting that the club are ready to offload the former Dortmund man to help fund Unai Emery's second season in charge.
It's been widely reported that Emery is set to have around £40m to spend on new players this summer. That is set to increase if Arsenal are able to win the Europa League and subsequently qualify for next season's Champions League, but any further funds are likely to be generated through selling players.
Arsenal are likely to want to avoid a similar situation to that of Aaron Ramsey. The Welsh international was able to run down his contract at the Emirates, before securing a move to Juventus on a free transfer that was agreed at the beginning of 2019.
Mkhitaryan's current contract runs until 2021 though, meaning there is considerable time to sell the attacker before he's able to leave for nothing in two years time.
Arsenal's apparent decision to sell the midfielder comes after it was confirmed he will miss their Europa League final against Chelsea on May 29 – coincidental rather than related.
This comes due to political unrest between Armenia and Azerbaijan, with the final set to be held in the latter's capital of Baku, as both the player and club felt it would be unsafe if he was to travel.
[...] It‘s the kind of game that doesn’t come along very often for us players and I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it.I will be cheering my teammates on! Let’s bring it home @Arsenal #uel #final #arsenal #chelsea #AFC #COYG pic.twitter.com/gnDA6oyolw— Henrikh Mkhitaryan (@HenrikhMkh) May 21, 2019
The club released a statement to confirm the news earlier this week which stated their 'deep concerns' about Mkhitaryan's safety, while admitting they were 'sad' that he has to miss a final under these circumstances.
Source : 90min