Borussia Dortmund would be willing to part ways with Manchester United target Henrikh Mkhitaryan for €40 million.
Mkhitaryan’s stellar performances for Dortmund last season haven’t gone unnoticed by Europe’s top clubs and Chelsea, Arsenal and Juventus were all reported to be interested in acquiring the services of the 27-year-old. The Armenian has refused to put pen to paper for a contract extension and is set to leave the Westfalenstadion this summer.
However, it is Manchester United that has the edge in the race for his signature as Old Trafford is Mkhitaryan’s destination of choice. His agent Mino Riola stated that it is his client’s ‘dream club’. After weeks of speculation and intense negotiations between Riola and Dortmund, it seems as if a solution has been reached. According to Bild and Kicker (via ESPN), Borussia Dortmund are reportedly willing to let the Armenian leave for around €40 million.
Should Manchester United miss out on Mkhitaryan due to unforeseen circumstances, Jose Mourinho has lined up Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey as a contingency plan. According to The Sun, the former Chelsea boss is interested in bringing the Welsh playmaker to Old Trafford in the summer, should they miss out on the Armenian.
Ramsey is in France for the European Championships where he helped Wales to the top of their group and into the knockout rounds. The Arsenal man is expected to be valued around £50 million should United step up their efforts in acquiring the Welshman.
Manchester United have already had a €24 million bid for Mkhitaryan rejected by Dortmund, who weren’t willing to part ways with their prized midfielder until recently. United are yet to table a second bid for Mkhitaryan but given the financial backing of Jose Mourinho’s side, the €40 million valuation should be a fair price.
Mkhitaryan’s superb individual spell saw him score 23 goals and register 32 assists for Tomas Tuchel’s side and with only one year remaining on his contract, it seems as if Dortmund have finally decided to cash in on the Armenian captain before he moves on a free transfer next summer.