Another Man U transfer has pulled through! Borussia Dortmund finally signed over the release of its key player, Henrik Mkhitaryan.
Despite previous pronouncements by Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke that they prefer Henrik to stay, Manchester United played it by the numbers. Meanwhile, Henrikh remained firm in his intended move.
At the end of the deal, Borussia Dortmund was unable to resist Mkhitaryan’s wish to make the switch to Manchester United.
Henrik Mkhitaryan is the latest addition to The Old Trafford’s squad after Zlatan Ibrahimovic formally joined the club. Both players are under agent Mino Raiola’s watch.
Borussia Dortmund is clearly unhappy about losing another one of its key players. They have already lost two key players over the trades. Ilkay Gundogan transferred to Manchester City while rival club Bayern Munich took Mats Hummels away from the German club.
Mkhitaryan is also the third new signing under Jose Mourinho’s watch after securing defender Eric Bailly and striker Ibrahimovic.
In a Facebook post, Borussia Dortmund revealed that it was the Armenian who instigated his switch.
“Based on a completely new situation, this transfer was a difficult trade-off for us. Manchester made us a very attractive offer. Had we refused it, the player would have left us on a free transfer in 2017 and we would only have delayed the matter of a replacement for a year,” explained Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.
The message continued with a marked mention of Mkhitaryan playing for Premier League and the Europa League instead of the Champions League.
Manchester United put forward an initial offering for Mkhitaryan’s switch at £19 million (AU$33 million). However, the details of the Man U transfer for the midfielder is yet to be announced.
As Manchester United played the numbers’ game, Borussia Dortmund decided to take the paid switch. The club opted for the decision rather than lose the Armenian midfielder a yea after on free agency terms.
Meanwhile, Fox Sports reports that the three trades fetched around $122 million (AU$162 million).
Meanwhile, Manchester United is yet to announce Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s addition to The Old Trafford squad. With headliner Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move and long time manager Ryan Giggs’ departure, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s transfer might be relayed officially on a further date.