Manchester United has been chasing Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan as a top target in the recent transfer season. Despite the Bundesliga club standing firm on not letting the attacking midfielder leave, United are adamant on signing the Armenian.
United has reportedly submitted a bid of $46 million and will sign the midfielder. Despite their initial reluctance on the transfer, the German outfit is willing to cash in on the player who has one-year deal left at the club. Dortmund however wants Mkhitaryan’s valuation to be met in full, as reported by Bild, via calciomercato.com.
Since his arrival at Dortmund, Mkhitaryan has taken a couple of years to completely settle into his best form. New coach Thomas Tuchel has molded the attacker by giving him more freedom in the final third, last season.
The 27-year-old made 31 appearances for Dortmund last season in which he scored 11 goals for the club. He created an incredible 82 chances for his team with 15 assists under his belt. The man from Yerevan, Armenia has an average pass accuracy of 75% and a shot accuracy of 48%, according to Squawka.com.
Mkhitaryan will improve Manchester United’s most troubling area instantly. The 20-time English Premier League Champions struggled with lack of creativity upfront, especially against teams who defended with 10 men behind the ball. Although much of the blame was given to former manager Louis Van Gaal, it has to be said that United lacked the quality players to make those creative passes as well.
Mkhitaryan could well be that spark which the Red Devils need upfront. The Armenian has a brilliant quality to drift into space and create openings for the team with intelligence. He also has a knack for goals, which is always a good attribute to have for a midfielder.
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