Official: Mkhitaryan joins Roma on loan

Roma have pulled off a last-minute transfer coup by bringing in Armenia captain Henrikh Mkhitaryan on loan from Arsenal.

The attacking midfielder, who can also play as a winger, arrived in Rome on Monday morning to complete the transfer – which was first reported by Sky Sport Italia last night.

After completing a medical, Mkhitaryan put pen to paper on a season-long loan deal, which will cost Roma an initial €3m, with bonuses potentially adding a further €0.1m to the cost.

He told “It’s a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter, with a great club.

“I know what this club is all about and I am sure we can achieve great things together.”

Mkhitaryan, who becomes the first Armenian to play for Roma, has spent the past three seasons in England – half with Manchester United and half with Arsenal – although his time in the Premier League has been far from a success. Nonetheless, this remains a huge deal for Roma to pull off, as the 30-year-old showed world class form in the past at Borussia Dortmund and is one of the biggest names brought to the club this decade.

Benvenuto, Mkhi.

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