Chelsea and Arsenal’s hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan have been helped by reports that talks over a new contract have stalled.
The Armenian international has been a star performer for BVB this season, scoring 18 goals in all competitions, but the Daily Mirror state that discussions between the player and club have halted.
Mkhitaryan’s contract runs out in the summer of 2017, though he is understood to want a buyout clause if he is to commit his future to the Bundesliga club. The player has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after reportedly being spotted house-hunting in the London area.
Dortmund are understandably reluctant to agree to this request, having had a similar situation with Mario Gotze when Bayern Munich triggered his £31million release clause in 2013.
The 27-year-old revealed earlier in the season that he was close to leaving the club before the arrival of head coach Thomas Tuchel.
“I met him for the first time in March and he convinced me to stay,” he told DW.
“I wanted to stay also, because I had some things to prove to the people, to show that I deserve to be here. That’s why I am trying to stay this year also, to show all my qualities in helping the team to win a lot of games.
“Really, from the first talk we had he told me that ‘Miki, I can bring you to a level of high-class.’ And yeah, at one point I doubted it because I was not really confident that after a bad season he could make me a high-class player. But he did it and I’m thankful to him.”
Die Schwarzgelben are aiming to do things differently in order to keep their star players, having already renegotiated the contract of Germany international Marco Reus – removing his £20m buyout clause.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Matzke also stated in April that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s deal is one without a buyout option.
“We renewed Aubameyang’s contract until 2020 without a buyout clause because we want to be successful with him,” Matzke stated.