Manchester United have officially announced their third signing of the Jose Mourinho era, with playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan finally completing his long-awaited switch from Borussia Dortmund. The Armenian international, who won Bundesliga Player of the Year honours after an outstanding 2015/16 campaign for BVB, has signed an initial four-year contract at Old Trafford with the option of a further 12 months.
Such confirmation has certainly not come as a surprise, with widespread media suggestions of a £26m move leading Dortmund to reveal in a statement over the weekend that they had "complied to the wish" of Mkhitaryan to join the"fifth-placed English team last season, Manchester United". Mourinho subsequently all but confirmed the deal in his first press conference since being unveiled as Louis van Gaal's successor in May.
"I am very proud to join Manchester United, this move is a dream come true for me," the 27-year-old told United's official website. "I am excited to play for a club with such an illustrious history and hope to be part of it for a long time.
"I thank the trust the club and Jose Mourinho have put in me. Finally, I believe playing for such a great club honours my father's memory, and the inspiration and drive he gave to me when I was young."
Mourinho has already moved to complete the high-profile signing of free agent striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer and Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly also joined from Villarreal in a £30m deal last month. While both of those players will undoubtedly add fresh impetus to a first-team squad that rather stagnated during the tedious two-year reign of Van Gaal, he appears particularly chuffed with the addition of Mkhitaryan. It's little wonder when you consider that the former Pyunik, Metalurh Donetsk and Shahktar midfielder scored 23 goals and racked up a staggering 32 assists in all competitions for Thomas Tuchel's Dortmund last term.
"Henrikh is a very talented footballer who has been in such prolific form for both his club and his country," Mourinho said. "He is a real team player with great skill, vision and also has a good eye for goal. I am delighted he has chosen to sign for United. I believe he will make an impact on the team very quickly as his style of play is suited to the Premier League. We are all looking forward to working with him."