Swap deal unlikely as Arsenal told to pay at least €40m for winger target

Cash-strapped Roma are keen to make at least €40million from the sale of Arsenal wing target Justin Kluivert, according to a report.

The Serie A side – who sit fifth – are reportedly keen to offload some of their top talent after announcing debts of over €250million last month and they face a battle to boost their fortunes by qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo is reportedly among those who could be sold but Kluivert has also been linked with an exit –  to the Gunners.

There has been speculation that the two clubs could agree a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who moved to Roma on loan from The Emirates last summer.

Indeed, Arsenal have reportedly taken steps in such a deal, offering Mkhitaryan and £13million for Kluivert.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, however, Roma are unlikely to agree to such a deal and would want €40million for the winger.

The Italian newspaper claims that the 21-year-old has suitors in the Premier League and LaLiga, with Arsenal and Barcelona among them.

Kluivert, a Netherlands Under-21 international, joined Roma from Ajax last summer and has three years remaining on his contract.

He has scored seven goals and assisted two others in 27 appearances this season.

In other news, Arsenal are reportedly willing to allow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to run down his contract with the Gunners rather than lose him for a cut-down fee when the transfer window re-opens.

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