Dortmund to ‘accept improved Man Utd bid for Mkhitaryan’

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Closing on Man Utd swoop

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Closing on Man Utd swoop

Manchester United are edging closer to the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan after Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke hinted they were willing to accept the club’s improved offer.

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 is now reported that the club had a £26.3million offer accepted – amid claims the player was set to part finance the transfer deal himself.

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.”