Roma are set to offer Armenian forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan a new contract, according to Fabrizio Romano. New Roma boss Jose Mourinho has worked with Mkhitaryan in the past at Manchester United and, despite their issues together, the boss is said to want to keep him around.
Mkhitaryan will make a decision soon on whether to accept the deal or leave the club when his contract expires in June.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan Set to be Offered New Roma Contract
Mourinho and Mkhitaryan Could Work Through Their Differences
Should Mkhitaryan choose to stay, he will be reunited with a manager he did not exactly see eye-to-eye with when they worked together at Manchester United.
Despite starting the 2017/18 season well, equalling a record of five assists in the first three games on the season, his form began to slip away.
He was dropped for a win over Newcastle United and then, after returning for the following match, he faced a five Premier League match absence from the squad.
After returning again in late December, he was dropped again for his final three matches at the club before completing a move to Arsenal, where he was part of the deal that saw Alexis Sanchez join United.
Mkhitaryan has already outlined how difficult the Portuguese manager can be to work with, telling Forza Roma: “He’s a winner by nature. He wants you to win and you do what he asks you.
“It’s difficult for anyone. There have been differences and conflicts, but they have not had a strong impact on good work and the three trophies won.”
Getting Mkhitaryan to stay on would be a good piece of business for Roma. Since joining permanently in 2020, he has managed 13 goals in 34 appearances. Add that to the nine scored in 22 during his initial loan spell with the club and it’s a pretty tidy return.
It remains to be seen, though, whether he will accept the deal and the prospect of having to once again work with Mourinho.