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Alexis Sanchez in Straight Swap For Mkhitaryan

Alexis Sanchez will join Manchester United in a straight swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

There had been talk earlier in the week that Manchester United would pay up to 25 million pounds plus Mkhitaryan to take Sanchez away from Arsenal but it appears Ed Woodward has played hardball with Arsenal and pulled off a deal that places even more scrutiny on Manchester City’s withdrawal over money concerns. It appears more and more likely that Alexis Sanchez simply chose the bigger club in Manchester United.

But whilst Manchester City can turn their open chequebook towards another big signing, the cold hard reality for Arsenal is they were never in a position of strength with Sanchez being out of contract in May and Manchester United clearly used this to their advantage in the negotiations. With both players expected to complete medicals tomorrow and be publicly unveiled by their new clubs, Arsenal fans will no doubt try and see the positive in the recruitment of Mkhitaryan. However, the harsh truth is, like with Robin Van Persie, United are stealing Arsenal’s most precious asset for next to nothing and in return are providing them with a player they no longer want.

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Sanchez deal is a straight swap for Mkhitaryan – No fees included

Manchester United are negotiating a straight swap with fellow Premier League side Arsenal for Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez, which would see Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Emirates, according to a report on Sky Sports.

The Red Devils have been working on a deal for Sanchez for several days now but it has now come to light that there will be no transfer fee included in the negotiations.

Arsenal initially had an asking price of around £30m for Sanchez but with Mkhitaryan being added to the deal, that fee has been scrapped.

Manchester City dropped their interest in the winger as it would cost the club too much, but the fact that United are close to signing him without any transfer fee at all shows that the deal may not be as costly as expected.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be on his way to Arsenal. (image: Skysports.com)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan could be on his way to Arsenal. (image: Skysports.com)

Arsenal want to offload Sanchez this month or else they will lose him for free in the summer and Arsene Wenger looks like he is going to be getting a very good deal if Mkhitaryan agrees to join the Gunners.

Mkhitaryan hasn’t hit the heights with United as he did for Borussia Dortmund which saw him win the Bundesliga Player of the Year, but he will get another chance to prove himself in the English top flight.

The Armenian, on his day, can be unplayable, as United saw at the beginning of this campaign when he was picking open opposition defences comfortably.

The Gunners are now negotiating personal terms with Mkhitaryan and if he agrees, then Sanchez will be given the green light to make the move to Old Trafford.

Signing Alexis Sanchez would be a real signal of intent from United and with the gap at the top of the Premier League cut down to 12 points, the Red Devils will feel confident of piling the pressure on for the title before the end of the season.

Mourinho attended Sweden playoff to scout Emil Forsberg

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was present to witness Sweden defeat Italy in the first leg of the 2018 World Cup playoff, but the Daily Mail have revealed that the Portuguese was keeping a close eye on attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg.

The RB Leipzig attacker put in an eye-catching performance in the first leg and picked up the Man of the Match award as he helped his side to a narrow 1-0 victory.

His movement on and off the ball has attracted Mourinho, who is looking for a player to operate just behind forward Romelu Lukaku to provide him with the service he needs.

Forsberg could be that man. The 26-year-old created an incredible 94 chances in the German Bundesliga last season as Leipzig finished second in the table.

Emil Forsberg has been one of RB Leipzig's most influential players over the past 2 seasons. (picture: independent.co.uk)
Emil Forsberg has been one of RB Leipzig’s most influential players over the past 2 seasons. (picture: independent.co.uk)

His forward passing is also highly accurate, with the Swede clocking up a 79% pass accuracy showing that he rarely misplaces a pass.

The form of Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan has visibly dropped, which has had a detrimental effect on Lukaku’s scoring chances with the Belgian hardly getting any goalscoring opportunities in the past couple of weeks.

Forsberg can also operate on the wing and has been capped 32 times for his country. Mourinho is now contemplating a move for him in January but if Leipzig don’t agree to this then he will wait till the summer to make his move.

Leipzig have already agreed to offload Naby Keita to Liverpool and could lose more players by the end of the season, including Forsberg.

Do you think Mourinho should try to sign Forsberg?

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Jose Mourinho set to make shock move for Mesut Ozil!

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil in the January transfer window, with the German international set to leave the Emirates, according to a report on the Independent.

Ozil’s contract with Arsenal expires in the summer but Arsenal would rather sell Ozil for money in January than lose him for free at the end of the season.

Mourinho is reportedly interested in a reunion with Ozil following their time working together in Spain at Real Madrid.

If the Red Devils fail to secure his signing in January, then it is understood that Mourinho will make a move in the summer where Ozil will have the freedom of choice to decide his next destination.

Manchester United are being strongly linked with a move for the German. (picture: independent.co.uk)
Manchester United are being strongly linked with a move for the German. (picture: independent.co.uk)

Arsenal have been working tirelessly to persuade the German to sign a contract extension with the North London club but so far, their efforts have failed.

Mourinho and Ozil had a healthy relationship during their spell at Real Madrid and the Portuguese manager has always been on good terms with the attacking midfielder.

Mourinho is a fan of Ozil’s tactical ability but the interest in Ozil has raised questions over the futures of current united attackers Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Personally, I’m not in favour of a move for Ozil as I feel that we have achieved the perfect balance between our midfield and attack. Also, Mata and Mkhitaryan have been hugely impressive at the start of this season and have been creating numerous amounts of chances for our forwards.

The addition of Ozil may take away the flow away from our attacking play, however, their is no doubt that he is a class player but I not so sure he can replicate his form for United that he had at Real Madrid.

What do you think?

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How close are Manchester United to Premier League glory?

Manchester United enjoyed a successful pre-season over the course of July and the beginning of August. They managed to claim six wins out of seven despite coming up against the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester City. More importantly though, they managed to create good chances and finish them off (including an excellent counter-attack against Sampdoria).

One of the main problems last season was killing teams off. This problem seems to have been sorted though with the arrival of Romelu Lukaku. The extra years experience that Rashford has gained also looks to be paying off as he looked sharp throughout the summer and will hopefully contribute more goals this term. Furthermore, the signing of Nemanja Matic makes players like Pogba and Mkhitaryan more confident knowing that they have defensive cover. This allows them to get further up the pitch.

With one problem solved, what else do Manchester United need to do to lift the league title? Well, while a marquee signing such as Gareth Bale would certainly help them towards success, balance down the left hand side of the pitch is crucial. This is what sparked Mourinho’s interest in Inter’s Ivan Perisic. However, as the transfer window rumbles on, chances of Manchester United getting their key target are fading. Therefore, United may need to look elsewhere for a player capable of filling the left wing-back role. Someone like Alex Sandro, perhaps?

Apart from the need of balance, United look to be heading into the new season feeling fairly confident and looking a lot more dangerous. There is also reason to believe that United are more prepared than their biggest Premier League rivals this term. If we look at Liverpool’s pre-season preparation, then yes, they may have won a trophy, but are they stronger than last season? While they have made the same amount of signings as Manchester United, the signings aren’t quite on the same level. Furthermore, if Coutinho does leave for Barcelona then they will be significantly weaker than last year.

Additionally, Arsenal have signed Lacazette, a striker that previously played in the top French division, Ligue 1. The former Lyon player will also need time to adjust to the demands and physicality of the Premier League. Then, there’s Chelsea, who will need to juggle Champions League and Premier League this term, and there are question marks over whether their squad has the depth to handle both. Tottenham Hotspur are also slightly weaker than last season. This is due to the loss of Kyle Walker to Manchester City and the fact that they haven’t made any signings as of yet. Then, lastly, there’s Manchester city who have spent huge money on trying to fix their defence. Whether this has worked remains to be seen, but all signings will need time to get onto the same level as one another.

So compared to Manchester United’s rivals, they are not as far away from Premier League glory as some may think.

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Magical Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Armenian magician. The sheer brilliance of the midfield maestro this season has been astonishing. His highly anticipated arrival in the starting line up has rejuvenated and revitalised our attacking force. Although all four of our summer signings have been excellent, Mkhitaryan’s exceptional impact can partially be attributed to his prime age on arrival (27) compared with Bailly and Pogba (early twenties) and Zlatan (mid thirties). It is not only his incredible work ethic which has impressed but the decisive, match winning pieces of imperious brilliance, which have illuminated our season. Is it a coincidence that his reintroduction to the team at the end of November prompted a dramatic upsurge in our fortunes and performance levels?

His first Premier League goal against Tottenham was quite simply breathtaking; a finish of aplomb and finesse which fuelled our expectations that Mkhitaryan could be a talismanic figure in our attacking skirmishes.  Whilst I do not share Spurs fans’ admiration of the talents of their left back Danny Rose, his lightning pace is unquestionable. So when Mkhitaryan motored past him with sublime ease and was brought down despairingly by the lunging Rose, I gained further proof that we had acquired a genuine gem. His subsequent injury from the abhorrent challenge strengthened the fervour and clamour surrounding the Armenian, and our firm belief that we had found the missing piece of our team.

All of this was in stark contrast to his initial Premier League debut where he was the main culprit (along with Jesse Lingard) in a sobering 2-1 defeat against Manchester City. His lack of game time and match fitness was really exposed by the high energetic pressing of Guardiola’s side.  Hauled off at half time, Mkhitaryan no doubt had a baptism of fire to the English Premier League.  He looked a shadow of the player who had terrorised the Bundesliga last season, scoring 23 goals and assisting a further 26, an average of a contributing to a goal every 89 minutes in all competitions.

However, Mkhitaryan wouldn’t allow this poor debut to thwart him entirely. Rather, he used it as galvanisation and worked extremely hard to win back his place. As Jesse Lingard revealed in a recent interview with FourFourTwo, Mkhitaryan is the earliest to arrive at training, which shows his dedication and exemplary work ethic. Mkhitaryan’s professionalism and endeavour will surely have impressed Jose Mourinho, who with his repeated picks of Marouane Fellaini, has shown that he values desire and passion as much as skill and technique.

Mkhitaryan, also, has an incredible propensity to show moments of true attacking brilliance, whether this is a defence splitting pass, a mouth-watering dribble or an outstanding finish. His scorpion kick against Sunderland epitomised the immense quality that he has. The goal may have been scored from an offside position but the linesman who denied it would have been deemed an enemy of football had he flagged. It wasn’t just the exquisite nature of the precise contact but the placement of the strike which nestled into the corner of the goal. It was quite simply extraordinary and deservedly won Goal of the Month.

Another of Mkhitaryan’s most impressive skills is his ability to track back and win possession for the team.  Unlike some other members of the team, if he loses the ball, he will chase his dispossessor to retrieve possession.  In the recent FA Cup match against Blackburn, Mkhitaryan’s offensive statistics were impressive with 1 assist, 7 dribbles and 66 passes but he also won 100% of his tackles. This redoubtable ethos not only impresses the fans, but inspires the other players to try their utmost at all times. I feel that the majority of fans will accept defeat, if the players have tried their absolute best and shown maximum effort. Mkhitaryan’s heart and pride in his work is unquestionable.

His pace, so unusual for a creative play maker, adds a further asset which has proved invaluable this season as he terrorises defences and offers the threat in behind when bursting clear against opponents such as Tottenham and Leicester in the league, for example.  In the one on one situations, Mkhitaryan shows composure and class in taking the right amount of touches before executing the final pass or finishing with conviction.  Indeed, with his abundant pace, Mkhitaryan has stated that he would have been a sprinter, had he not become a footballer. Attacking verve is characterised by quick, skilful players of which Mkhitaryan is amongst the best in world football.

At 5ft 10 inches Mkhitaryan is not the tallest player but has shown that given the chance he can contribute aerially also.  It was his towering leap above the Hull defender in the opening leg of our League Cup Semi Final that directly assisted Juan Mata, who had the simplest of close range finishes from Mkhitaryan’s perfectly placed header. This is important as taller players like Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will often draw the opponents’ direct attention and smaller players like Mkhitaryan can ghost in for set pieces and crosses as he did on Thursday against St Etienne.

Footballers are often praised on their intelligence, ability to read the game and make the correct decisions. Mkhitaryan is multilingual, fluent in six languages: Armenian, Russian, English, German, French, Portuguese and also some Italian. This is a somewhat rare and admirable trait, as it shows an intelligence which disproves the common rhetoric that footballers are all unintelligent, other than with their feet. Certainly, one can imagine that with the multinational Manchester United squad, these lingual skills will enable him to more closely bond with his team mates.

Undoubtedly, we have seen that Mkhitaryan’s vision and execution are incredible. His backheel assist for Zlatan’s opening goal in our 4-0 demolition of West Ham off his weaker left foot, gave a tantalising glimpse of Mkhitaryan’s ingenuity and flair which have gained him accolades and plaudits from pundits and fans alike. His slide rules passes have further characterised his precision and tremendous ability, notable mentions, include his assist for Mata against Leicester and his assist for Rashford against Blackburn Rovers.

He and Mata, in particular, seem to revel playing with one another exchanging intricate, quick passes when playing together, never more showcased than by the one two the pair exchanged for Mata’s strike against Leicester.  Mata repaid the debt, when he curled a delicious cross into Mkhitaryan’s path to stab home the away goal against St Etienne.  Replays show that Mkhitaryan points to Mata where he wants the ball, as the latter looks up and further cements the chemistry the two seem to have.

Mourinho has been seen to trust certain members of his team well above others.  Many Manchester United fans for instance, have been wont to observe that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba seem beyond approach and censure for below average performances.  They are picked in almost all games and seem above substitution. It is a credit to Mkhitaryan that his efforts and skill level are commensurately rewarded with becoming a member of Mourinho’s elite contingent of trusted acolytes.  However, the debilitating effect which this immense game time can have was exposed when Mkhitaryan pulled up with a hamstring injury ruling him out of this weekend’s League Cup Final.

His import to the team can be judged in the uncertainty surrounding whom to pick to replace Mkhitaryan.  There are a wide variety of options being bandied about whether to use Lingard, Rooney, Fellaini in the more attacking role, or switching the formation to allow a deep lying player like Michael Carrick to play. When a team contends with having to alter its formation in your absence you know you’re a key component of it.

There is no higher honour or epithet which I can bestow upon Mkhitaryan than that he reminds me of Cristiano Ronaldo.  The parallels with the Portuguese’s second goal in the 2009 Champions League away tie against Arsenal and Mkhitaryan’s goal against Wigan are striking. In both, the players run at breathtaking pace and are involved in a rapier sharp, counter attack exchanging passes from deep in their own half and finish with distinction.  Mkhitaryan is in the same mould as Ronaldo, a thrilling, exhilarating player whom fans can enthuse and rave about.

It is easy to forget that Mkhitaryan wasn’t playing in the autumn of this year. Many fans became restless and there was a general feeling of despondency and dejection that the Armenian would be offloaded.  Mkhitaryan has since, graciously, admitted that Mourinho acted in his player’s best interests and that his absence from the front line had served him well when he has vindicated his reputation over the last three months.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has firmly embedded himself in the Manchester United team, evident as we desperately search for a replacement for the League Cup Final.  After his winning goal in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over St Etienne, Mkhitaryan has been directly involved in 11 goals in his last 16 games for Manchester United with 6 goals and 5 assists. A strong argument could be made that Mkhitaryan is both our best and most invaluable player, with his plethora of attributes and panache. He has certainly become a firm fans’ favourite and one of mine.

 

 

 

Don’t press the panic button!

Paul and Ashley look back and dissect the Chelsea game discussing where things went wrong. Wayne Rooney’s future and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s lack of opportunities is also on the agenda.

Mkhitaryan Itching For Number 10 Role

Reports have surfaced that recent acquisition Henrikh Mkhitaryan is unhappy with how he has been deployed during the early stages of his Manchester United career.

The Armenian international has been used sparingly to date, although he did start in Saturday’s derby defeat to Manchester City, where he operated on the wing. His performance drew criticism from Jose Mourinho and he was hauled off at half time alongside Jesse Lingard.

However, it is thought that Mkhitaryan himself has laid the blame back at the feet of Mourinho for fielding him in an unfavoured position, with the former Borussia Dortmund playmaker more comfortable in the number 10 role currently occupied by club captain Wayne Rooney.

It is a viewpoint mirrored by many a fan, with Rooney himself under much scrutiny surrounding his below-par performances. It is thought, hoped even, that, as the seasons drifts on, Mkhitaryan will find himself back in a more natural position with Rooney outside of the starting 11.

The 27-year-old enjoyed his most fruitful season in Germany last term, hitting the back of the net 23 times in all competitions. Perhaps just as impressively, the midfielder chipped in with 26 assists and was thought to be one of Europe’s most wanted men last summer with United eventually winning the race for his signature, paying over £26 million for his services.

How do you feel about Mkhitaryan playing in a number 10 role? Had you hoped to see him flourish out wide? A position we have been lacking for so long?

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

5 Reasons to be excited for the new season

On Friday 27th May, the curtain was finally drawn on an era of stale, nostalgic and underwhelming football. For Friday, 27th May, was the day Jose Mourinho was announced in the media as manager of Manchester United. I take a look at how this appointment and various other goings-on at United give us all plenty of reason to be excited for the new season.

Jose Mourinho will bring back the fear factor

It’s no secret that under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, the football frustrated, bored and divided the fans. That last point is an important one. A once ‘united’ fan base had become inwardly hostile. Fighting among United fans on social media became commonplace. All, as a result of what was happening (or not) on the pitch and in the dugout.

United boss Louis van Gaal cuts a frustrated figure as his side struggle against Sheffield United (Picture: mirror.co.uk)
Louis van Gaal showing the same emotion most United fans felt during his time as manager (Picture: mirror.co.uk)

Hopefully that time has come and passed with the appointment of “The Special One”. I strongly believe that having arguably the best manager in world football at the biggest football club in the world is a match made in heaven. Jose was made for this job.

In the few weeks that he has been in charge we have already seen lots of changes made; particularly with recruitment. And since his arrival, social media platforms such as Twitter seem a lot more civilised!

Jose has plenty of experience managing at top and has a fantastic CV boasting an impressive trophy collection. He is a no nonsense manager and will no doubt have United back to winning ways in no time. He will make the Theatre of Dreams a fortress once again.

New signings provide a morale boost for fans

Speaking of recruitment. Jose wasted no time in bringing in new faces. His first acquisition was centre back Eric Bailly, signed from Villareal. With Daley Blind – a midfielder by nature – filling a void in the centre of United’s defence during Van Gaal’s tenure, it’s no surprise that this position was the first to be filled.

That’s not to take anything away from Daley Blind. He did a fantastic job but United are light in that department and it was crucial that a natural centre back was recruited.

Eric Bailly’s biggest traits are his strength and great recovery pace. His rapidly growing talent was also noticed by the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona and PSG who were all interested in securing his services.

Mourinho wasted no time making his first signing, Eric Bailly (Picture: express.co.uk)
Mourinho wasted no time making his first signing, Eric Bailly (Picture: express.co.uk)

Following Eric Bailly into Old Trafford was the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Quite possibly footballs biggest, worst kept transfer secret in recent history! Rumours had been circling for weeks maybe even months regarding his arrival and were further fueled by the silence of all parties involved. Zlatan’s huge grin and lack of denial when asked about a move to United was surely the confirmation we all were looking for!

Not much else needs to be said about Zlatan other than we simply cannot wait to see him pull on a United shirt and wreak havoc in our oppositions defences!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic outside Carrington (Picture: manutd.com)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Possibly the worst kept transfer secret in recent history! (Picture: manutd.com)

The most recent signing is attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He impressed for Dortmund in the Bundesliga last season scoring 11 goals and creating 82 chances which included 15 assists. Most of his goals and assists last season came from playing as a right winger and this is a position United so desperately needed to fill.

Second chances

Louis van Gaal spent in excess of £250m on players during his time as Manchester United manager yet an overwhelming majority of his signings failed to live up to their own AND the fans’ standards.

Arguably, the biggest flop of them all is Memphis Depay. He talked the talk but could not walk the walk. We saw flashes of brilliance from him but when you play for Manchester United, consistency is expected.

Memphis Depay (Picture: independent.co.uk)
Memphis has failed to live up to expectations since his arrival from PSV (Picture: independent.co.uk)

Matteo Darmian is another Van Gaal purchase who couldn’t quite reach the level many expected. The Italian right back had a fantastic pre-season with United in the states and it looked as though Rafael Da Silva would quickly be forgotten. However, Darmian’s form declined quickly and he never really got going.

Surprise signing Bastian Schweinsteiger was for me, going to be our best signing of last summer. I watched him play for Germany in the 2014 World Cup and I remember thinking, “This guy is a warrior. I would love him at United”. When he signed I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait to see him play. He had the odd good game but didn’t look like he was up to the job physically. Injuries did not help his cause.

Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates his equaliser for Man United (Source: Daily Mail)
Schweinsteiger’s debut season for United was hampered by injuries (Source: Daily Mail)

Finally, one of the Premier League’s best central midfielders in the previous two seasons; Morgan Schneiderlin. For me, Morgan was hit and miss for the majority of the season. He was good defensively for the most part, making some important tackles and interceptions, but his ball distribution left a lot to be desired.

Now, I don’t want any of the above mentioned players to leave United this summer. All of them are talented footballers.

Take Memphis, Darmian and Schweinsteiger. Each of these players have attacking responsibilities in each of their positions. Memphis an attacking winger; Darmian a right back who likes to get forward with pace and Schweinsteiger, a box-to-box midfielder who is not afraid to get in amongst the goals.

Each of these players were playing in a very rigid system under Louis van Gaal and were somewhat restricted in their play. Under a new manger in Jose Mourinho, the shackles will be off, players will be allowed to express themselves and hopefully, we’ll see the players they were when at their previous clubs. For this reason we should be excited by these players again.

Youth players WILL feature under Mourinho

One big argument the Jose Mourinho naysayers were using as a reason NOT to employ him, was that he does not give youth a chance. This is 100% myth. Totally untrue. You only have to do a quick Google search to discover a plethora of top class footballers who were given their chance as youngsters by Mourinho.

During his first press conference, the new United boss defended his youth policy and rightly so. He also hinted at Rashford and Ibrahimovic playing together and he also made it clear that he understands the club and it’s history and knows exactly what the club AND fans expect of him. This will include giving youth a chance.

Many will hope to see Andreas Pereira feature in Mourinho's plans (Picture: metro.co.uk)
Many will hope to see Andreas Pereira feature in Mourinho’s plans (Picture: metro.co.uk)

A few names have already been dropped as potential breakthrough players this coming season such as, Axel Tuanzebe and Tyrell Warren.

So I am confident that we will see this proud Manchester United tradition continue.

Is a title charge out of the question?

With the arrival of Ibrahimovic, Bailly, Mkhitaryan and possibly Pogba, United look to have plugged a lot of the gaps that plagued the team in recent seasons. So with that in mind coupled with having a winner in Jose Mourinho as our manager, dare we dream of a title charge in his first season? Stranger things have happened. Look at Leicester City.

Mkhitaryan wants to leave Dortmund for United

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:

https://twitter.com/JoseMourinhoLad/status/740999247609405440

https://twitter.com/JdotJames/status/740938564481998848

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!