The ultimate transfer saga that has occurred over the past week between Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan seems to be finally coming to a conclusion. It was recently reported that Mkhitaryan could be completing a transfer to Old Trafford any time soon, with a representative from Dortmund arriving in Manchester to finish negotiating a deal. However, the transfer seems to be taking one last twist as United and Mkhitaryan try to negotiate a deal with Dortmund. It has now reached the point where Mkhitaryan is willing to pay part of the fee that would see him trade Dortmund for United.
The number on United’s receipt from Dortmund was reportedly set to be around £26 million, which many believe is excessive for a player whose contract expires in no more than a year. Now, however, fans could find some level of satisfaction with the news that Mkhitaryan is intent on paying some of his own transfer fee; a sign of both intent and the attraction United still has for incoming players.
There is no clear evidence to suggest that the report is true, but many believe it would be no surprise given the exodus that is currently going on at Dortmund. Thomas Tuchel, having recently guided Dortmund through a promising season, has to deal with the news that a lot of his players are leaving for pastures anew. Ilkay Gundogan joined Manchester City and Mats Hummels joined Bayern Munich, while Neven Subotic has announced he too will be leaving Dortmund. Rumours also link Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with United and many other clubs around Europe. Dortmund seems to be set to enter a time of struggle and Mkhitaryan does not want to be a part of that.
Mkhitaryan is joining United’s relatively weak attacking stock, but rumours also state that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and James Rodriguez will be joining United with the Armenian. Those three, combined with United’s sole bright spark, Anthony Martial, could form a prolific quad squad to fire United to their 21st Premier League title. Along with the signing of Villareal’s Eric Bailly in the centre of defence, Jose Mourinho seems to be trying to complete his puzzle as quickly as possible so he can get working with the squad he wants to work with.
The news of Mkhitaryan’s signing bodes well for everyone, including Dortmund, who will be happy to receive £26 million for a player who will be worth nothing to them in 12 months’ time. If he delivers for United, which he most likely will, this could be a transfer where everybody wins, and this truly is the best type of transfer for the world of football.
It is always important to remember that football is a business as much as it is a game, and when considering Mkhitaryan’s transfer to United, we have brilliant business for all parties involved. United is signing a player with intent to play for the club, world class quality and his best years ahead of him- if he keeps his head down and works hard, he will find nothing but success in the Premier League.