Paper Talk: Mkhitaryan wages scare Arsenal; Aubameyang deal close

Date published: Wednesday 17th January 2018 7:56

Henrikh Mkhitaryan & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Linked with moves

A Roma defender has been linked to Chelsea, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan has demanded a huge pay rise if he is to join Arsenal, according to Wednesday’s papers.



Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has demanded astronomical wages if he is to join Arsenal in a deal for Alexis Sanchez, a report claims.

The Daily Record claims that Mkhitaryan has told Arsenal he wants the same wage package that was offered to Sanchez if he is to move to North London.

The Armenia international allegedly has several reservations about moving to the Gunners, including having to drop down to the Europa League and the club being adrift of the top four currently.

A return to former club Borussia Dortmund is believed to be the preference of the 28-year-old rather than a switch to the Emirates.

The report goes on to state that his agent, Mino Raiola, is demanding Arsenal make Mkhitaryan the highest paid player in the club’s history if they are to tempt him to leave Manchester.

Mkhitaryan currently earns around £140,000-a-week at United, but Arsenal’s final contract offer to Sanchez reached £300,000-a-week, reports claim.

Speaking about Mkhitaryan’s future, agent Raiola told The Times: “Manchester United are not going to sign Sanchez unless Mkhi agrees to join Arsenal.

“Mkhi is going to do what is best for him. He has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, so it’s his decision.”



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Manchester United are prepared to offer Arsenal £35million and Alexis Sanchez £350,000-a-week, should the swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan fall through (The Sun)

Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, is hopeful of signing Sanchez and the Chile international is Jose Mourinho’s top target (Times)

Tottenham have 21-year-old Norwich midfielder James Madison in their sights, along with Liverpool and Manchester City (Evening Standard)

Chelsea are chasing the signature of Roma defender Emerson Palmieri (Mirror)


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Jose Mourinho is close to signing a new five-year contract with United. The new deal is two years longer than his initial agreement with United, which saw him signed up for three years in May 2016

Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed personal terms with Arsenal chiefs – leaving it to their Bundesliga club counterparts to finalise a deal (Mirror)


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Theo Walcott will complete his £20million move to Everton on Wednesday after spending Tuesday afternoon at the Toffees’ training ground Finch Farm for a medical and finalising terms (Liverpool Echo)

David Moyes may have publicly denied that he is aware of a Chelsea bid for Andy Carroll, however West Ham bosses are willing to listen to offers of £20million

Swansea are favourites to sign AC Milan’s £35million striker (WalesOnline)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has ended takeover talks with prospective buyer Amanda Staveley (Press Association Sport)

Argentinian 31-year-old former Liverpool winger Sebastian Leto, currently playing in the UAE Arabian Gulf League with Emirates Club, could return to English football after opening talks with Fulham (Daily Mail)


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