Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan's agent Mino Raiola has revealed that his client would love to move to Manchester United as it would present a unique opportunity for the Armenian. The 27-year-old is in his last year in contract and would consider a move out of the Bundesliga should an opportunity present itself.
Dortmund director Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed that Mkhitaryan has refused to extend his contract but they are unwilling to let him leave before next year and are ready to bear the financial burden for their failure to demand a fee for the player. His agent, Raiola, has other ideas and that has led to a war of words between the two.
"We have been negotiating with Henrikh Mkhitaryan for four months for him to extend his contract with us," Watzke told Bild, as quoted by Sport1. "Now we know that it is not extended, it was never our commitment that Mkhitaryan may leave us prematurely."
Meanwhile, Raiola is not happy that his client may be kept at Dortmund against his will and insisted that when Mkhitaryan refused to sign an extension, he should not be forced to stay at the club. He added that Manchester United are a probable destination and the 27-year-old is more than willing to make the trip to Old Trafford.
"Micki has for months maintained that he may leave the club this summer. Dortmund presented an official offer which was rejected, but now the BVB bosses fear of their own fans. Suddenly... they tell Micki, that he should go next season on a free transfer. This is very bad management," Raiola said.
"Manchester United is a unique opportunity, Micki wants to go there," he added.
The news will come as a massive blow for Arsenal, who were heavily linked with a move for the player this summer. The Gunners have already signed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach but are still waiting on a deal for Jamie Vardy, who will reveal his decision to stay or leave Leicester City after the Euros.