Borussia Dortmund have enquired about taking Henrikh Mkhitaryan back to the Bundesliga, claims a report.
The Independent reports the Armenian midfielder is up for grabs next month after falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford and his former club are interested in re-signing him.
The 28-year-old became Mourinho’s third signing at United when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund for €42million in July 2016, but he has failed to fulfil his potential so far at United.
Mkhitaryan was not in the matchday squad yesterday and he has not been involved in eight of the last 19 squads, with his only appearance in the first team coming as a second-half substitute during the 1-0 win over Brighton.
Following the 1-0 win over Bournemouth last Wednesday, Mourinho explained the player’s lack of action.
“I can only have six [outfield] players on the bench and I try to have some balance on the bench,” he said.
And the United boss last week admitted every player has his price as he contemplates offloading some of United’s fringe players.
“I think for the right price. That’s my approach as a manager, in cases where the club advises me,” said Mourinho. “I think every player has a price. If a player is not happy, if a player brings with him the request with the number that we consider a good number for us – like it happened for us last season with Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin – I would never say no.”
Mourinho also claimed Mkhitaryan “disappeared” in games and reports of unrest between the two have emerged with the latest report suggesting United will sell the player.
Inter Milan have been linked with the midfielder, but now Dortmund are interested and they have in the past shown a desire to re-sign former players with Shinji Kagawa going back to Dotmund two years after arriving at United in June 2012.
The article also claims United may try and get Dortmund’s Julian Weigl as part of any deal.