Arsenal are set to pocket a fee of £2.7m when Henrik Mkhitaryan joins Roma on a season-long loan.
Mkhitaryan, 30, is set for a surprise switch to Italy on the final day of the European transfer window.
The Armenian only joined Arsenal in January 2018 in a swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez head in the opposite direction to Manchester United.
And now both stars involved in that deal are no longer with the clubs they signed for, as Sanchez also sealed a loan move to Inter Milan last week.
The Chilean’s departure was expected given his woeful form at Old Trafford, but Mkhitaryan’s comes as a surprise after he came on as a substitute in the Gunners’ 2-2 north London derby draw with Tottenham yesterday.
He was unlikely to feature regularly for Unai Emery’s side this term, nevertheless, following the £72m club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe.
So a loan move to Roma is now on the cards for Mkhitaryan, yet there is no option-to-buy clause included in the deal.
According to Sky Sports, the Serie A outfit will pay Arsenal £2.7m to take him on loan for the season, and the player is now in Rome to seal the transfer.
The attacking midfielder has been pictured holding a Roma scarf aloft today and an official announcement is believed to be imminent.
Italy’s summer transfer window is due to close at 7pm this evening, so Mkhitaryan only has a few hours left to get his loan deal over the line.
Reports suggest Arsenal are also open to allowing Shkodran Mustafi to leave the Emirates today, but it is unlikely he will depart before Europe’s various deadlines pass.
The Spanish and French transfer windows are closing at 11pm tonight, while Germany’s slams shut at 5pm.