Borussia Dortmund say they have decided to keep Henrikh Mkhitaryan for another season after weeks of speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.
The Armenian midfielder, 27, is thought to have been contacted by Arsenal and Manchester United, however, in light of the sale of Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels to Manchester City and Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga outfit are keen close the door on further big name departures.
Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said, “We at the club actively discussed the option of parting ways with Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of time, and we decided that he should stay at BVB also next season.”
Talks over a new deal at the Westfalenstadion – his current contract ends in 2017 – broke down recently which means the price on Mkhitaryan’s head is substantially lower than if he were tied down in the long-term.
Manchester United are thought to have bid in the region of €25 million and the player has apparently said Old Trafford is his preferred destination.
To the poo-o-meter…it’s not looking likely we’ll see this fella at the Emirates.