Henrikh Mkhitaryan is unlikely to leave Manchester United this month, despite falling down the pecking order significantly since November.
The Armenian is set to prove too costly for former-club Borussia Dortmund to mastermind return of the former-Bundesliga Player of the Year, as well as Italian giants Inter Milan.
He arrived for over £25m from Dortmund in July 2016, but has been inconsistent with his quality and his performances since the end of September have been atrocious at times. His final ball has been missing, confidence low, finishing poor and decision-making really disappointing.
Despite that, he’s been heavily linked with both Dortmund and Inter. The 28-year-old would cost around €30-40m and his wages of £140,000 are proving daunting for any potential suitors.
Inter were willing to take Mkhitaryan on loan, but United want a permanent transfer or nothing, it’s reported.
The Serie A club’s manager Luciano Spaletti recently confirmed they would not be signing Mkhitaryan because of the finances. Speaking at a news conference, he said: “Mkhitaryan, [Javier] Pastore and then…you see? You need €30-40million to buy them. We don’t have it.
“It’s no use beating about the bush — I’ve been told that we can’t spend €40million, so there’s no point even talking about it.”
Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke has also ruled out a move for Mkhitaryan. He told German newspaper Bild, “I know the economic data of his [Mkhitaryan] transfer to Manchester United.
“That’s why it’s [Dortmund signing Mkhitaryan] imaginable only with great imagination.”
The German club will be particularly hesitant to pay that kind of money given the attacking midfielders already at the club. Mkhitaryan left just two years ago, and they’ve replaced him well.
American 19-year-old talent Christian Pulisic, who United themselves have been linked to, is being given vital experience at the moment while former-Red Shinji Kagawa is an option as well as Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, soon to return from a long-term injury.
Mkhitaryan has been given chances to prove himself. He was dropped in November, after at least a month of disappointing displays. He’s now back in the side, starting a couple of games since Christmas and coming off the bench in others. He’s done nothing, and was subbed at half-time of United’s FA Cup Third Round tie against Derby County.