Borussia Dortmund have released an official statement confirming Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s move to Manchester United.
The German club confirmed Mkhitaryan would be joining Jose Mourinho‘s team this summer and speaking about the move, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said the offer was simply too good to refuse as he was set to leave on a free in 2017.
An official statement from Dortmund read as follows: “The paths of Borussia Dortmund and midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan separate from this summer. BVB has complied with the wish of Mkhitaryan after intensive discussions to let him join Manchester United.
Speaking about Mkhitaryan’s move, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “This transfer was, for us, on the basis of an entirely new starting situation and a difficult balancing act: Manchester made us a tremendous offer. Had we knocked it, the player would leave in 2017 for free and we’d have only postponed his exit by only one year.”
Well done Man United, well done to Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho. Dortmund had absolutely no intention of selling Mkhitaryan this summer, they made that abundantly clear, but we leveraged our position of power and made an offer they couldn’t refuse because financially it was too much to miss out on by letting him leave on a free next summer.
It goes to show that with the right mindset and approach in negotiations that tough deals can still be made, and money talks.