Manchester United have completed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan subject to a medical, Borussia Dortmund have announced.
The Armenian’s move to Old Trafford has been coming for a few days, but this is the first official confirmation.
Mkhitaryan only had one year left on his Dortmund contract, and refused to sign a new deal.
‘The paths of Borussia Dortmund and Henrikh Mkhitaryan and (27) separate from this summer,’ a statement on the club’s website read. ‘BVB has complied after intensive discussions with the player for him to join the team who finished fifth in the Premier League last season, Manchester United’
“This transfer was for us was a very difficult balance,” Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said. “Manchester has made us a tremendous offer. Had we knocked it, the player would have left for free in 2017.”
The 27-year-old Armenia international becomes United’s third major summer signing under new coach Jose Mourinho, following on from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly.
Dortmund have not revealed the transfer fee for the former Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker but said United had made an “enormously valuable offer”.
Media reports this week suggested United had agreed a deal in the region of £26million for Mkhitaryan, who had 12 months left on his contract with the Bundesliga outfit.