Henrikh Mkhitaryan's agent Mino Raiola has revealed Manchester United "pushed it over the line" in completing his signing. The 27-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £26.3m ($34.3m) earlier in the summer transfer window.
Before joining the Red Devils, the Armenian international was also attracting interest from Arsenal, reported The Sun. His representative confirmed there was an interest from another Premier League club and the player had "almost agreed," only to be rejected by the Bundesliga outfit.
"Mkhitaryan was more complicated. We had almost agreed with another Premier League club but Dortmund wouldn't let him go, then United pushed it over the line," Raiola told the Daily Mail.
Mkhitaryan impressed after coming from the substitute's bench in United's 1-0 victory over Hull City. He picked up an injury while on international duty for Armenia, but made it to the starting lineup in his side's 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
The former Dortmund star struggled in the first half and was replaced by Jose Mourinho during the break. He is now on the sidelines after aggravating his thigh injury, which has already seen him miss the Europa League clash against Feyenoord and United's trip to Watford.
Raiola also represents Paul Pogba, who rejoined United for a world-record fee from Juventus. The France international and Mkhitaryan are yet to impress for the 20-time English champions, but the Italian-born Dutch agent remains confident the duo will be back to their best.
"Mkhi [Mkhitaryan] was the best player in the German league the last two seasons. He has a strong mentality and will be an asset once fully fit," he explained.
"Sometimes it is better to lose because you realise you are not what you thought. I still think United will win the league though as they now have the quality."
On Pogba, Raiola said: "It's true Pogba is not playing his best yet, he is taking time to adjust but people don't always see the bigger picture. He will dominate for 10 years. He is United's lost son."