Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan is apparently a summer target of ours, but the Armenian international is struggling to decide between a switch to the Emirates and renewing his contract at Dortmund, as reported by The Guardian.
He joined the Bundesliga side from Shakhtar Donetsk back in 2013, signing for a fairly hefty £23.5m. He’s enjoyed mixed success during his time there, but this season he’s unquestionably been on another level.
He’s been both scoring and assisting with regularity, bagging more goals than most strikers and putting them on a plate for his teammates too. He’s among the top goalscorers and assisters in Europe, and up against the likes of Neymar, Mesut Özil, and Riyad Mahrez that is really saying something.
The report suggests we’ve been monitoring the 27-year-old for quite some time, with Arsene Wenger taking notice during our repeated meetings with Dortmund in the Champions League. We’ve since sent scouts to watch him play, and are hopeful of luring him away this summer.
We obviously aren’t the only ones chasing his signature, and a number of other Premier League teams are apparently keen on bringing him to England. Tottenham and Liverpool have both been heavily linked in the past (via The Guardian), but you have to think Arsenal are a more appealing prospect.
That’s not to say we’re certain to win the race though, as unfortunately the two teams obviously have their merits. Tottenham look certain to get Champions League football next season, so there won’t be quite as much of a gulf as there normally is between the two north London teams. Liverpool meanwhile, have Jurgen Klopp at the helm, and the prospect of working with his former manager again could excite Mkhitaryan.
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We also have to accept that he may well sign a new deal with Dortmund, extending his current deal beyond its expiration date in 2017. If he opts not to extend then it seems highly likely he’ll be let go this summer rather than being allowed to get into the last year of his deal, but until that time comes we’ll just have to wait and see.