Manchester United are close to completing their second summer signing as Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to become the latest addition at Old Trafford. He has one year left on his contract at the Signal Iduna Park and has expressed his desire to leave this summer.
According to The Mirror, the 20-time English champions are confident of completing a deal in securing the services of the Armenian international. The Red Devils saw their initial bid of £19m ($25.3m) rejected by the Bundesliga outfit.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke was adamant in letting Mkhitaryan leave the club, especially after Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels joined Manchester City and Bayern Muncih. However, he has now admitted defeat in retaining the midfielder after claiming the player could leave the German club.
It is now believed that United and Dortmund have agreed a fee of £26m ($34.6m) and this will allow the former Shakhtar Donetsk man to move to the Premier League. With Mkhitaryan's deal set to expire next summer, his employers were in a difficult situation to turn down the Red Devils' offer.
Dortmund are willing to part ways with Mkhitaryan this summer, instead of allowing him to go for nothing after the end of the 2016/17 season. Thomas Tuchel's side are expected to start their pre-season training on 4 July and the 27-year-old is expected to complete his switch to United before that.
Mourinho has already managed to seal a deal for Eric Bailly as the centre-back arrived at Old Trafford from Villarreal. Mkhitaryan is set to become the Portuguese tactician's second addition of the summer transfer window.
United begin their pre-season tour on 6 July and with England and Spain out of the Euro 2016, Mourinho will have fewer players in the ongoing European championship in France. Matteo Darmian (Italy), Marouane Fellaini (Belgium), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial (both France) are all hoping to win the tournament with their respective sides.