Dortmund accepts Manchester United bid for Henrikh Mkhitaryan
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund has accepted a bid from Manchester United for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with the midfielder set to become Jose Mourinho's third signing.
Dortmund said it was agreeing to sell the 27-year-old Armenia international to the 20-time English champions as he had only one year remaining on his Dortmund contract.
Mkhitaryan has not yet agreed on personal terms, passed a medical examination or received a British work permit.
Dortmund paid 27.5 million euros (now about $31 million) to Shakhtar Donetsk for Mkhitaryan in 2013. He had a promising first season with nine goals and nine assists in the Bundesliga but a disappointing second season as Dortmund flirted with relegation.
Last season saw a renaissance under new coach Thomas Tuchel, with Mkhitaryan contributing 11 goals and setting up 20 more.
"United made us a very attractive offer," Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said, without providing details. "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."
Mkhitaryan is the third key player to leave Dortmund in the off-season after the team sold Mats Hummels to Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich and Ilkay Gundogan to Manchester City. The club will generate more than $100 million by selling the trio.
If the transfer to United is completed, Mkhitaryan will follow striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Eric Bailly into Old Trafford since Mourinho succeeded Louis van Gaal in May.