Roma have actually signed Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a season-long loan deal.
The Italian club will pay a loan charge and the 30- year-old’s wages, but there is no choice or obligation to buy the Armenia worldwide.
Mkhitaryan joined the Gunners from Manchester United in January 2018 in a swap deal involving Chile forward Alexis Sanchez.
He has scored 9 objectives in 59 looks for Toolbox.
Mkhitaryan featured as a second-half substitute in Sunday’s 2-2 north London derby draw with Tottenham, however has been allowed to sign up with the Italian capital side.
His playing time at Emirates Stadium was most likely to be restricted this season and Arsenal manager Unai Emery prepares to use his departure as an opportunity to offer more minutes to young players.
The Premier League club likewise remain available to letting protector Shkodran Mustafi go before Monday’s transfer due date – but it looks unlikely the 27- year-old German will leave.