Manchester United have apparently had a £19m bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan rejected (via the Mirror), but the player himself wants a move to Old Trafford, according to German publication Bild.
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As the report suggests, the Armenian has just a year left on his current contract, so Dortmund may well be forced into selling this summer. The Bundesliga side clearly want more than the £19m United allegedly offered though, and may hold on until somebody comes closer to their valuation of the player.
As we all know, Mkhitaryan has been heavily linked with an Arsenal switch too over the last few months (via the Mirror). It seemed like we had an excellent chance of securing his signature, but his agent Mino Raiola claims he wants to play for United.
“Man United is a unique opportunity,” Raiola told Bild.
“Micki wants to go there immediately.”
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Assuming Raiola speaks for his client, it’s obviously a huge blow as far as we’re concerned. Mkhitaryan would have been a superb signing, but if he has his heart set on Manchester United then not only would we obviously struggle to sign him, but we’d have to ask ourselves whether we really want a player who favours a switch to Man United.
Many are questioning why Mkhitaryan would choose Man United over Arsenal, as not only have they struggled badly over the last few years, but they don’t have Champions League football to offer next season. They would presumably be willing to offer significantly wages than we would, but other than that it’s hard to see the appeal.
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It would be great to see Mkhitaryan at Arsenal in 2016/17, and if he could contribute even close to the goals and assists he did with Dortmund this past season then he’d be a superb signing. It’s looking less and less likely we’ll be able to get a deal done though, so we may need to turn our attentions elsewhere.