Manchester United’s pursuit of Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is becoming more exciting by the day, and now United seems to be edging towards completion of a deal. The attacking midfielder who took Europe by storm last year is now likely to try and do the same from England next year, and it has been reported by reliable German journalist Raphael Honigstein that Dortmund has sent an official to Manchester to complete the deal.
When I say Mkhitaryan took Europe by storm last season, it sounds hyperbolic, but in reality, it is a massive understatement- with 23 goals and 32 assists in all competitions, Mkhitaryan was one of the best footballers on the planet last year. Mkhitaryan’s threatening pace, quick feet, and slick passing make him a star at both club and international level, where he carries Armenia on his shoulders. There’s a high chance he’d be a star for United too, and his primary position on the right side of midfield happens to be a massive hole in United’s squad.
Mkhitaryan’s agent, Mino Raiola, has been vocal about Mkhitaryan’s desire to play for his dream club, Manchester United- and the Old Trafford faithful would have been delighted to hear those words. United fans love a player who loves United, and they have wanted to see a truly exciting player on the wings since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club. Anthony Martial, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Adnan Januzaj have had good spells since Ronaldo departed England, but none has reached a world-class level as of yet and Mkhitaryan could very much do so.
The move has now been even further funded by Honigstein, who, to reiterate, has said that Dortmund officials are in Manchester with the hope of finalizing a deal. Yesterday evening, he tweeted the news along with the implication that a deal could be completed very soon. Honigstein has a very reputable reputation which only bodes well for United fans.
Dortmund have sent an official to Manchester, Mkhitaryan deal nearly done
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) June 26, 2016
The Sun is one of many sources who believe that Dortmund, once reluctant to sell Mkhitaryan, are now eager to complete a deal after United offered £30 million for the midfielder whose contract expires next summer. Dortmund will be happy to earn £30 million from a player they would have lost for free, and United fans will remember being in a similar situation with David de Gea and Real Madrid.
Once a fee is agreed, the only step left is for Mkhitaryan to fly to Manchester and complete a medical. Players at United’s level of football almost never fail medicals, so this procedure is a formality in most cases. If a player like Mkhitaryan failed a medical, he would have issues returning to Dortmund and playing football, and the signing would not be worth it anyways.
The use of the term “statement transfer” is often abused, but in this case, United are making a statement in a million ways. Louis van Gaal’s tenure at United arguably ended because he failed to fix United’s squad holes appropriately. In Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and probably Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jose Mourinho is fixing the squad with players almost tailor-fitted to make this United side function more effectively as a unit. Mourinho is a man on a mission to prove his doubters wrong at the moment, and United fans love silencing doubters more than anything in this world.