Mino Raiola plots Henrikh Mkhitaryan Justin Kluivert swap deal for Arsenal

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Kluivert (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal could be offered the chance to offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Roma and snap up Justin Kluivert in the process, reports say.

Mkhitaryan has been out on loan with Roma this season and is reportedly eager to make his switch permanent.

Corriere dello Sport claim Mkhitaryan has already agreed to take a wage cut on the £200,000-a-week contract he has with Arsenal.

Super agent Mino Raiola has been tasked to sort out Mkhitaryan’s future and is in talks with Roma about keeping the Armenian in Italy.

Mkhitaryan has offers from Russia, but Raiola thinks he might be able to reach an agreement where Arsenal and Roma get what they want.

Raiola also represents Roma forward Kluivert, who has been linked with Arsenal in the past and a move to the Premier League.

The 21-year-old is still developing at Roma, but Raiola thinks he would be a good fit for Arsenal.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Justin Kluivert after a Roma game
Mkhitaryan wants to stay at Roma (Picture: Getty)

The proposal would be for Mkhitaryan and Kluivert to swap clubs and Arsenal pay a fee of £11-13million on top of that to Roma.

That would save Roma money and give Raiola the freedom to negotiate a bigger salary for Mkhitaryan at the Italian club.

Kluivert has scored seven goals in 27 appearances for Roma this season and is the son of Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert.

Arsenal will be on the hunt for bargains in the next transfer window after suffering financially from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Gunners convinced most of their senior squad to take a 12.5 per cent pay cut and have switched their transfer strategy to focus on free agents and swap deals.

It is unclear when the next transfer window will open as the Premier League and Serie A aim to follow the Bundesliga in resuming action this summer.

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