Manchester United have had a bid for Henrikh Mkhitaryan rejected by Borussia Dortmund according to The Mirror.
It emerged earlier this week that Mkhitaryan wouldn’t sign a new contract with Dortmund and his current deal expires in 2017, meaning he’ll be a free agent next summer.
Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke has insisted Dortmund will not sell Mkhitaryan and make him see out his full contract at the German club but The Mirror claims Man United have made an immediate move worth £19 million for him which was rejected.
The 27-year-old is a top class winger who scored 20 times and assisted 21 goals in 50 appearances for Dortmund last year, as we’ve discussed before, and he’d be – on paper – a perfect addition to a squad which desperately needs a new right-winger.
However, Dortmund have no intention to sell but if you ask me money speaks. From a business perspective, selling Mkhitaryan for money this summer instead of losing him for free next year makes sense but it all depends on whether Dortmund is run as a business first and foremost or a football club.
With Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan already leaving, Dortmund can ill afford to let one of their attacking stars leave as well but if The Mirror are correct, Mino Raiola’s attempt to buffer up interest by saying Mkhitaryan wants to join Man United look to have woken the dragon.