Paulo Fonseca sends message to Roma chiefs amid Arsenal talks with Justin Kluivert

Kluivert is linked to Arsenal (Picture: ANP Sport via Getty)

Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has urged his bosses not to sell Justin Kluivert to Arsenal amid reports he will be used in a deal to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Fonseca insists Kluivert, the son of Barcelona legend Patrick, is a player he is ‘counting on for the future’.

It’s been reported that Arsenal have opened talks with Roma to land Kluivert as part of a deal that would see Mkhitaryan move permanently to the Serie A side.

Mkhitaryan has spent the season on loan at the Stadio Olimpico and is keen to extend his stay in Rome.

Arsenal are willing to sell him or agree terms over a new loan deal, but both clubs are leaning towards a swap deal.

Mkhitaryan is valued at £13million, with Roma wanting around £36m for Kluivert, meaning the Italian side would expect a fee of more than £20m to sanction the deal.

Mkhitaryan is set to join Roma on a permanent basis (Picture: Soccrates/Getty)

Kluivert, 21, has been linked to Manchester United in the past and reportedly turned down a move to Old Trafford in order to sign for Roma from Ajax, but he could now arrive in the Premier League this summer.

However, Fonseca has urged his bosses not to sanction a deal to let him leave the club.

‘They’re different,’ Fonseca told when asked to compare Kluivert to his father Patrick.

‘His father was a great player, a great striker. Justin has what it takes to be as good as him.

‘He’s one of the young players that Roma are counting on for the future.’


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