Roma have reached an agreement to sign Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a season-long loan deal but remain 50/1 outsiders to win Serie A.

The 30-year-old has failed to shine in English football either at Manchester United or after he was part of the Alexis Sanchez swap deal that saw him move to the Emirates and he will now try his luck in Italy.

The man capped 83 times by Armenia enjoyed his best goal return while in Shakhtar Donetsk’s colours, with just nine from 58 outings for the Gunners.

The capital outfit have drawn their opening two games of the new campaign, with Inter Milan (5/1), Juventus (2/5) and Torino (5/1) all having perfect records to date.

Roma will pay a loan fee and the player’s wages but there is no option or obligation to buy him at the end of the loan stint.

Elsewhere, Spanish side Sevilla have signed striker Javier Hernandez on a three-year deal from West Ham United for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old handed in a transfer request on Friday after it became apparent he was behind Sebastien Haller in the Hammers’ pecking order and will hope to resurrect a career that has been hampered by injury in recent years.

On his day, the Mexico international can still do a job in the top European leagues and those at Old Trafford remember with fondness his ability to bag a crucial goal or two from the bench.

Sevilla are 80/1 to win an unlikely La Liga title, with the usual suspects – Barcelona and Real Madrid – 4/6 and 7/4 respectively.

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