Arsenal expected to finalise £25m deal for Henrik Mkhitaryan

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Dortmund

Armenian international, Henrik Mkhitaryan, 27, is set to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer after rejecting a contract extension. The midfielder has been watched extensively by Arsenal and expected to lodge a £25m bid.

Mkhitaryan was in the best form of his career last season, scoring 23 goals in 51 games. Signed from Shaktar Donetsk in 2013 for €25m, the Armenian was an integral part of Dortmund’s resurgence under Thomas Tuchel.

However, talks over a new contract stalled when he insisted that any new deal include a release clause. Dortmund have decided to cash in now, preventing the player leaving on a free transfer next summer. Tottenham and Chelsea both watched Mkhitaryan last season, and are monitoring the situation with interest.

His arrival would solve a major problem for Arsenal, who have lacked midfield penetration in recent years. Despite Mesut Őzil’s beautiful creativity, goals have been in short supply and Mkhitaryan offers a genuine threat with his intelligent play.

Whether a deal can be struck remains to be seen but Arsenal aren’t resting on their laurels.

Criticised in some quarters for the lack of signings last summer, Granit Xhaka, 23, has already arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach whilst Jamie Vardy, 29, is expected to join from Leicester City once England’s Euro 2016 campaign is over.

It is also believed that the club has held extensive talks with the Foxes and the player’s representatives, over a possible £25m deal to bring Riyad Mahrez, 25, to The Emirates.

With more arrivals expected, Arsenal are signalling their intentions to improve on last season’s second place Premier League finish.

 

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