UPDATE 6: 28/06/2016 13:29 – Dortmund CEO has confirmed that United have increased their offer meaning that the deal is likely. It would appear previous reports (see below) were correct. Its believed the offer has been increased to £32m. Read more here.
UPDATE 5: 27/06/2016 08:07 – Both clubs have agreed a deal worth £26.3m according to reports, which is less than previously reported. Personal terms have also been agreed. Mkhitaryan is expected to undergo a medical next week. Read more here.
UPDATE 4: 24/06/2016 22:12 – Negotiations come to a halt as United are unwilling to increase their bid from £30m to Dortmund’s valuation of £32.6m. But with just a year left on Mkhitaryan’s contract, United could have the upper hand. Read more here.
UPDATE 3: 23/06/2016 16:20 – Latest reports suggest that Borussia Dortmund will be open to allowing Henrikh Mkhitaryan to leave providing an offer of at least €40m (approximately £31m) is made. We know that United made a revised bid of £28m plus add-ons (see update 1 below) so it may only be a matter of time until a deal is done. Read more here.
UPDATE 2: 23/06/2016 04:05 – Fresh doubt has been cast over the transfer of Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Manchester United as player’s agent, Mino Raiola, throws a chair during heated discussions with Dortmund representatives.
Speaking to German media outlet Bild, Raiola had this to say:
“Henrikh is not the type to have conflicts, he leaves that to me. We will not give up!”
“We [Raiola and Dortmund chief, Watzke] have both taken very different views and fight for them like lions. Watzke walks 180 degrees into one direction and I 180 degrees into the other. But even though it does not look like it right now, I still hope for a sensible solution.”
“Such an offer to join Manchester United might only come once in a lifetime for a player and nobody can guarantee us that the door will still be open for Micki next season. Manchester are Micki’s dream club, he wants to join them by any means.”
Read more here.
UPDATE 1: 21/06/2016 23:00 – After testing Dortmunds resolve with an initial low bid, United have considered the German clubs £31m evaluation and tabled a fresh bid of £28m plus add ons. Read more here.
[Original article below]
According to his agent, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has expressed his interest in leaving Borussia Dortmund to join Old Trafford this summer.
The wingers agent, Mino Raiola, admitted to press this week that they are trying to ‘resolve the situation’ for the move to be completed.
Mino Raiola said:
“He wants to go to Manchester United and we are still trying to resolve the situation.
“We are still talking to Dortmund.”
“We are trying to be reasonable.”
“They are aware that Micki wants to leave now.”
The 27-year-old impressed at Dortmund last season, making him a high prospect for the summer transfer window.
Liverpool are also known to have been interested in the Armenian international.
Borussia Dortmund have already lost defender Mats Hummels to Bayern Munich and Ilkay Gundongan to Manchester City, so they would be unlikely to allow another one of their highly talented players leave.
Hans-Joachim Watzke, the club chief executive of Borussia Dortmund, said:
“We have discussed the question of an early transfer in all club bodies and came to the conclusion that Mkhitaryan will stay in Dortmund next season.”
The club boss, Thomas Tuchel, will attempt to resist his transfer this summer if he can help it.
Henrikh’s contract with Dortmund ends in June 2017 and he isn’t wishing to extend this.
In just 52 appearances at the club he has scored 23 goals and created 32 assists.
If you’re unfamiliar with Mkhitaryan’s attacking style of play, take a look at this video:
Other clubs such as Arsenal have always been tipped to be bidding for the winger this summer.
Mkhitaryan is reportedly priced at £25 million.
Here’s how social media reacted to the Mkhitaryan transfer news:
Close race… Mkhitaryan for me. Has all the attributes needed as a number 10. Can play on the right side too. #mufc
— Old Trafford HQ (@OldTraffordHQ) June 9, 2016
At £25m Mkhitaryan is an absolute no brainer..Let's hope it's real #MUFC
— Conor Maguire (@conzmag101) June 9, 2016
Mkhitaryan to #MUFC has me excited. First Armenian in the Premier League.
— Aram Karakashian (@Karakashian) June 9, 2016
Do you want Mkhitaryan at Manchester United? Do you think he’s the right summer transfer target? If not then who is the right target for you? Let us know in the comments below!