Manchester United ‘gazumped’ Arsenal to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the summer, according to reports.
Mkhitaryan joined United in the summer from Borussia Dortmund, with the winger one of the most sought-after talents in Europe at the time.
He had previously been linked with Liverpool, but United were able to prise him away from Germany in July.
According to the Daily Mail however, it was Arsenal who were initially leading the race to sign the 27-year-old.
The Gunners had ‘agreed’ a move, writes Chris Wheeler, but United sealed the deal by offering up to £7m more.
‘Mkhitaryan was one of the most highly-regarded midfielders in Europe,’ said Wheeler. ‘The man voted player of the year in Germany last season on the back of 23 goals and 20 assists in 51 games for Dortmund.
‘A move to Arsenal was agreed in the summer but United gazumped their rivals by up to £7m to sign him.
‘Ironically, the 27-year-old player thought United’s need for him was greater and he would play more at Old Trafford. He could be forgiven for regretting that decision now.’