United closing on Mkhitaryan, Dortmund chief confirms

Date published: Tuesday 28th June 2016 3:17

Manchester United have moved closer to signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke.

United have courted Armenian forward Mkhitaryan throughout the summer, but despite the player wanting to move to Old Trafford, it was thought a deal would be difficult to agree between all parties.

Mkhitaryan had refused to sign a new deal at Dortmund, and with only one year remaining on his current deal, the German club faced a dilemma over whether to sell the player.

United’s first offer was thought to be too low, but it was reported on Monday that the club had a £26.3million offer accepted.

Speaking to German newspaper Sport Bild, Watzke confirmed that the move was edging towards completion.

“The situation is now different,” he said. “Manchester have made a much improved offer. In situations like this there are always a lot of different things to consider and in the end at one point we have to make a decision.

“And as we are back in training on Monday we will decide at the weekend. I have contacted the relevant people and we will weigh things up at the weekend. And then the board will make the decision, definitely at the weekend.”

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