Arsene Wenger looks set for a busy summer in the transfer window, and the Frenchman is apparently “closing in” on Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to The Sun.
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We’ve been heavily linked with the Armenian international for quite some time, but Dortmund were understandably unwilling to sell. With Mkhitaryan refusing to sign a new deal and with just a year left on his contract though (via The Sun), the Bundesliga side may feel forced to sell.
With Armenia obviously not in action during the Euros Wenger could be working on this one at the moment, with The Sun suggesting a £25m move is close to being agreed.
With the sheer number of goals and assists he supplied last season he’d be an excellent signing, but for those same reasons we’re also facing some serious competition for his signature. The Sun suggests Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham are all monitoring the situation.
You have to think that Mkhitaryan would prefer a move to Arsenal over any of them though, as not only can we offer him Champions League football, but also we really should be challenging for the Premier League next season.
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With Granit Xhaka already arriving this summer and Jamie Vardy tipped to make the switch too (via The Sun), bringing Mkhitaryan in would be an amazing move. We’d have a number of brilliant attacking options at our disposal, with a front four of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Jamie Vardy.
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Wenger splashing the cash this summer is a real statement of intent ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, and hopefully his free-spending continues once the Euros end in July. It would be incredibly disappointing if the bright start to the transfer window didn’t continue, so hopefully Wenger has plans for at least a couple more new arrivals.