Henrikh Mkhitaryan signs for Inter

Henrikh Mkhitaryan signs for Inter

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has a wealth of experience: He speaks many languages, he’s visited numerous countries, played for a range of clubs, stood alongside players of different nationalities and been managed by some great coaches.

Inter will pay Henrikh Mkhitaryan a total of €4.9 million per season

Inter will pay Henrikh Mkhitaryan a total of €4.9 million per season in gross wages for the duration of his two-year contract with the club.

This according to Italian football finance news outlet Calcio e Finanza, who report that the Armenian will earn €3.8 million net per season but that the gross amount will only be a little over €1 million more than that due to the Growth Decree.The Nerazzurri will be able to apply the tax benefits of the Growth Decree in paying the wages of Mkhitaryan, a significant financial benefit for the club as far as their target to reduce the wage bill going into next season.

The 33-year-old has accepted an offer that will see him earn €3.8 million net per season, with the amount enough to convince him to reject the late improved contract extension offer made by his current club Roma to make the switch to the Nerazzurri.

Despite his worldly wanderings, he’s always stayed close to his roots, with early heartbreak guiding his journey both on and off the pitch.

Mkhitaryan Born in Yerevan on 21 January 1989

Born in Yerevan on 21 January 1989, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has become Inter‘s maiden Armenian player. He was born in Armenia but grew up in France. This was because his father, Hamlet, was playing in Ligue 2 and banging in the goals as a striker. The bond between father and son is perfectly captured through football, but their time together was to be cut short after his father passed away from illness at a young age.

His passion for football was established early on and it only grew stronger. At just 13 years of age, Mkhitaryan flew to Brazil to train with São Paulo and shared a room with an older player, who happened to be former Nerazzurri star Hernanes.

Here, he worked on the technical side to his game, played a different, creative style of football and learnt another language. On top of Armenian and French, young Henrikh got to grips with Portuguese, which served him well when he played in Donetsk as half of his team-mates at Shakhtar were Brazilian. It was in Ukraine that he blossomed into a star, first at Metalurh, but especially at Shakhtar under former Inter coach Mircea Lucescu.

In 2012/13, he finished the season with 29 goals, with his style marked by a direct, pragmatic approach with no frills. He’s a player who can contribute to build-up play but can finish moves off too. Next up was Germany, first under Jürgen Klopp, then Thomas Tuchel. The systems they played saw him develop further before he then made the leap to the Premier League, where he played for Manchester United and Arsenal. He spent three seasons in England and, among other successes, he won the Europa League with the Red Devils, scoring a crucial goal in the final.

Armenia, France, Brazil, Ukraine, Germany and England: there have been many stops on his way to Italy. He spent three campaigns at Roma, making 116 appearances, scoring 29 goals and winning the Conference League.

From his house in Valence and now to Milan, Henrikh is making another stop on his journey. As he embraces the Nerazzurri colours, with his Armenian heritage, we are reminded of another Inter great, Youri Djorkaeff.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to have his medical with Inter and sign the two-year contract on Wednesday.

The midfielder is a free agent after June 30, because he failed to agree a new deal with Roma.

It is reported the salary he agreed with Inter will be worth an initial €3.3m per season net plus performance-related bonuses, so with add-ons should reach €4.2m per year.

The Armenia international should be tied to the club until June 2024.

However, there is also a clause allowing Inter to terminate after 12 months if Henrikh Mkhitaryan does not make the minimum number of appearances in the debut season.

The 33-year-old has been in Serie A since 2019, when leaving Arsenal for Roma initially on loan for €3.1m and then as a free transfer.

Mkhitaryan made 44 competitive appearances for the Giallorossi this season, contributing five goals and nine assists. / Football Italia Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan limped off with an injury during the Europa Conference League Final against Feyenoord.

André Onana, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Kristjan Asslani alongside Romelu Lukaku as new signings.

Football Club Internazionale Milano, commonly referred to as Inter, has officially signed André Onana, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Kristjan Asslani, and Romelu Lukaku, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

After both Onana and Mkhitaryan joined on a free transfer, the pundit explained that the next signing will be Raoul Bellanova from Cagliari.