Rumour: Mkhitaryan to reject new contract, alerts Arsenal & United

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Dortmund

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 27, has told Borussia Dortmund that he will decide his future this week.

The Armenian winger is expected to reject a new contract from the Westphalian club three years after joining from Shaktar Donetsk. With his current deal ending next season, Dortmund are keen to cash in rather than lose another star on a free transfer.

Arsenal and Manchester United are both keen on securing Mkhitaryan’s services although they face stiff competition for Italian giants, Juventus.

It’s been a difficult summer for manager Thomas Tuchel with Matts Hummel, 27, forcing through a move to Bundesliga rivals, Bayern Munich, and Ilkay Gundogan, 25, leaving for Manchester City. The Dortmund boss is keen to hang on to Mkhitaryan but the recent addition of Turkish starlet, Emre Mor, 18, signalled that he was prepared to let the Armenian international leave.

Mkhitaryan enjoyed his best season with the club in 2015/16, finding the net 23 times in 51 appearances. He was pivotal in Dortmund’s Europa League campaign which ended in a heart-breaking defeat at Anfield.

Sporting Director, Michael Zorc, recently claimed that the club were unaware of Mkhitaryan’s desire to leave but added that they would not stand in his way. Dortmund finished runners-up to Bayern in Tuchel’s first full season in charge and the summer looks set to test his mettle in the transfer market as he rebuilds the squad ahead of the new campaign.

 

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