Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be extending his Borussia Dortmund contract past 2017 and his agent Mino Raiola has started to push for a move to Manchester United.
The midfielder has been in negotiations with Dortmund over a new contract for the last four months but Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed on Tuesday night that he wouldn’t be renewing.
With Raiola stoking the fire, Mkhitaryan rumours will no doubt kick into gear this week.
Speaking about the update, Watzke said: “We have been negotiating with Henrikh Mkhitaryan for four months on whether he extends to us. Now we know that he will not extend but there was never a promise that Mkhitaryan may leave us prematurely.”
In response, Raiola made it clear he wasn’t happy with what had happened: “Mkhitaryan has been promised for months that he can leave the club this summer.
“Suddenly they tell Mkhitaryan that he should leave on a free next season. That is very bad management. Manchester United is a once in a lifetime chance and he wants to go there as soon as possible.”
Having spoken to a few German friends who confirmed this is what Raiola said, it’s clear he’s angling for a big bid from a club this summer and what better place to start than Man United? We’re effectively the go-to-club when it comes to contract negotiations.
As for whether he’d be a good signing, with 21 goals and 20 assists in 50 appearances last season for Dortmund there aren’t many more prolific right-wingers in world football than him. On paper, he’d be superb.
We’re expecting there to be plenty of Mkhitaryan rumours over the next few days following Raiola’s comments but is there really a chance Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Mkhitaryan could leave Dortmund in the same year? Even by their standards, it would be a serious exit of talent in a single summer.