Manchester United are monitoring the situation of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic as manager Jose Mourinho ponders a move for the American in the summer, according to a report on the Daily Mail.
Pulisic has made a name for himself in the German Bundesliga by putting in some phenomenal performances which have seen his value increase drastically.
United are willing to challenge fellow Premier League club Liverpool for the youngster as well as Bayern Munich, who are also interested in securing his services.
If United are to submit an offer, it is likely to be in the region of £40m but Dortmund are keen to keep hold of the 19-year-old.
However, with the signing of Alexis Sanchez, United have incredible depth in attack so it may be difficult to fit Pulisic into the team. Pulisic currently has a contract with Dortmund until 2020 and the German club are eager to get him to extend his deal.
Pulisic has played 81 times for the German club and has managed to find the back of the net 11 times. He is well-known for his ball control and dribbling, as well as his lightning pace on the counter-attack.
Should United submit a bid for him?
Would you like to see him at United?
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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.”
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.
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:
Adnan Januzaj…remember him? You know, the 20-year-old Belgian wonderkid. Yes, of course you do. Well, he’s back, and ready to answer Louis Van Gaal’s SOS (Save Our Season).
It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for Adnan Januzaj since he broke into the first team squad in 2013. An unused substitute in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game for the club, the youngster became the one major plus point of David Moyes’ ill-fated reign the season following, with some even claiming that he could be the new Cristiano Ronaldo (well, that was me). However, it is fair to say that since Louis Van Gaal took over at the club his progress has been, well, mooted at best.
Used sparingly during Van Gaal’s first season in charge, Januzaj actually began this campaign by starting four of the opening five fixtures, scoring the winner against Aston Villa in the second game of the season. However, after a disappointing 45 minutes against Club Brugge in the Champions League Second Leg Qualifier, LVG decided to let the club’s new number 11 leave on loan and he headed to Germany to join Borussia Dortmund (despite much Premier League interest). Later, Van Gaal admitted that he would have preferred it if Januzaj had stayed in England, hinting that had he joined a ‘lesser club’, his opportunities may have been more frequent. As it turns out, on this occasion, he was right.
It is fair to say that Januzaj’s time in Dortmund has been a disaster. With only three starts, all of which came in the Europa League, United have made a collective decision that recalling the attacker would be the best option, and it could prove to be a timely addition. After all, Januzaj is a favourite amongst the fans having risen through the ranks and it is no secret that the club likes to see ‘one of their own’ go on to achieve success.
Januzaj can be one of those frustrating figures. It is plain to see that he has bags of potential, potential that could see him turn into a truly great player if he is nurtured right. Arguably, LVG halted that progress last season with his reluctance to utilise him. However, it is no secret that attacking options are at an all-time low right now, with Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney the only experienced attackers in the squad. Currently, Juan Mata is the man preferred on the right wing, with Martial on the left and Rooney playing down the middle. Mata, in my humble opinion, is wasted on the right with a lack of pace and a natural instinct that often sees him drift towards the middle. Januzaj, however, on the right wing, coupled with Marital on the left, would offer pace on both flanks.
Currently, United have scored only 24 league goals in 20 games. Januzaj may not score bags of goals (although he can certainly chip in), but he can create. I, for one, applaud the decision to bring him back to the club. I only hope that he is given the opportunity to elevate himself and this weekends game against Sheffield United could be the perfect stepping stone.
Man United have reportedly joined Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Borussia Dortmund striker has so far scored 22 goals in 18 games this season and is currently rated at £42m.
Louis van Gaal is keen to win the race for Aubameyang’s signature with Man United desperately needing a proven and prolific goal scorer in their ranks.
van Gaal has apparently had Aubameyang scouted several times this season and is ready to make his move.
Despite the strikers contract not due to expire until 2020, it is thought van Gaal is considering launching a bid in January.
As well as being a persistent goal scorer, Aubameyang also has bags of pace; something else Man United are lacking in their attack. He can also play as a winger and this will suit Louis van Gaal down to a tee as it is no secret he likes versatile players.
It is unlikely, though, that after the departure of Lewandowski to Bayern, Dortmund would be willing to allow Aubameyang to leave. However, should he continue to score goals at the rate he is, it would be hard for the Bundesliga giants to turn down a big money offer in the summer.
What do you think of Aubameyang? Would you like to see him in a United shirt? He has continued to improve over the last three seasons and only appears to be getting better. We would love to hear your thoughts. Please let us know in the comments below.
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Lack of playing time is hindering Adnan Januzaj’s development
The Manchester United attacker is currently on loan to Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
Adnan Januzaj started brightly bagging his first goal just 18 minutes into his debut – a charity match versus St Pauli. Since then he has made little impact and is yet to start a game in the league. He has made just 5 appearances as a sub and created just one assist.
Two years ago it was a completely different story as he raised eye-brows at Manchester United during the Moyes era. The FA even considered him as someone who could one day play for England, as he is a ‘homegrown’ player.
Things changed though, with the arrival of current United boss, Louis van Gaal. Januzaj was given chances in both the No 9 and No 10 roles – roles that Januzaj has openly said he prefers to play in – by the manager but failed to impress. The decision was then made that the player would be shipped out on loan in the hope that he would play more and develop.
So what happens next for Adnan Januzaj? Does he see out his loan spell at Dortmund then go back out on loan to a team where he is likely to get more game time? Or does he finish his current loan spell then leave Manchester United altogether?
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