Zlatan Ibrahimovic responds to Mino Raiola over transfer rumours linking Henrikh Mkhitaryan with Arsenal exit

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is hugged by Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a Manchester United game
Mkhitaryan played alongside Ibrahimovic at United (Picture: Getty)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has inserted himself into Mino Raiola’s row with media over the future of Arsenal player Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The midfielder has been on loan with Roma for the season and has repeatedly been linked with a permanent transfer away from Arsenal.

Quotes attributed to Mkhitaryan emerged on Wednesday as Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claimed the Armenian had privately told Arsenal about his future plans: ‘My time in London is over, I hope you manage to find an agreement with Rome because my desire is to stay.

Raiola, Mkhitaryan’s agent, slammed the story, insisting it wasn’t true.

He tweeted: ‘Mkhitaryan did not send any message to Arsenal. Especially in times like these, fake news [is] completely unacceptable.’

With speculation about Mkhitaryan’s future mounting, another one of Raiola’s clients Ibrahimovic has waded into the debate.

Ibrahimovic appeared to deny Raiola’s assertion that the Mkhitaryan quotes were fake.

‘No, it is true news, it is acceptable,’ Ibrahimovic tweeted, quoting Raiola’s post slamming the transfer reports.

Ibrahimovic played with Mkhitaryan at Manchester United and the Swede is also playing in Serie A with AC Milan.

There has been no sport in Italy since 9 March due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

If Serie A is to finish the 2019/20 season, Mkhitaryan is likely to have to seek permission from Arsenal to extend his loan deal at Roma which is due to expire next month.

Players who have been abroad during have been recalled to Italy, as Serie A teams aim to be back in training next week.

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