Tottenham are reportedly keeping tabs on Roma midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of a potential summer move for the former Manchester United and Arsenal star.
The 33-year-old will be a free agent this summer, with his contract at the Stadio Olimpico set to expire. To that end, reports suggest Antonio Conte is looking to make a surprise move to bring the player back to north London.
The Armenia international spent more than two years at Arsenal, having moved to The Emirates as part of a swap deal with United that saw Alexis Sanchez move to Old Trafford.
But now Mkhitaryan could be on the move again, despite Roma boss Jose Mourinho being keen to keep the attacker.
Mkhitaryan has been outstanding since heading to the Italian capital in 2019. Indeed, he has had 57 goal involvements in 116 games for Roma, scoring 29 times and adding 28 assists.
That is in stark contrast to his struggles at United. During his spell there he failed to convince Mourinho he was worthy of a regular first-team place.
Indeed, the Portuguese wants Mkhitaryan to sign the two-year contract offer that’s been put in front of him.
Tottenham among trio chasing Roma star
However, while the player has not ruled out staying put, Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla claims there could be surprises in the very near future.
Tottenham, Aston Villa and Napoli are all known to be monitoring Mkhitaryan’s situation. And the feeling is, that if Roma cannot convince him to stay then a transfer will happen.
But the biggest issue is likely to be convincing the playmaker to return to England.
Mkhitaryan was not really a success in the Premier League during his five seasons. Indeed, it would appear that he is more suited to Italian football.
However, Conte is said to be of the opinion that he can transform those struggles and make Mkhitaryan a success at Spurs.
Mkhitaryan not a Levy sort of signing
The former Arsenal man does not feel like a Daniel Levy signing in any shape or form.
The fact there would be limited sell-on value for the 33-year-old will certainly make alarm bells ring for the Tottenham chairman.
Levy will also be loathed to throw a significant salary at a player towards the end of his career. That is not to mention where he actually fits into the Spurs side.
Mkhitaryan’s favoured position is as a No.10. However, that’s the space Harry Kane occupies when he drops deep to become Tottenham’s creator in chief.
Even if he was to play out wide, Mkhitaryan would struggle to oust Son Heung-Min and Dejan Kulusevksi from the side.
All in all the move looks a non-starter, although if Conte genuinely wants him then who knows!