Borussia Dortmund winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan came into his own this season, scoring 18 goals and recording 20 assists for the German side in all competitions. With his performance, many expected Dortmund to sign him to a long-term deal, which would improve the team’s online soccer odds for next season. However, there was a snag during his contract negotiation with the club, opening the door for Premier League teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal to attempt to sign him during the summer.
Mkhitaryan, as well as fellow Dortmund attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus, are among the most coveted players this summer due to their uncanny ability to find the back of the net.
According to reports, Mkhitaryan’s contract expires at the end of the 2017 season. If Borussia Dortmund can’t sign him to a new contract, expect them to try to sell him to another team at a high price tag. The reason both sides are at an impasse is because Mkhitaryan wants Dortmund to include a buy-out clause that will allow him to leave the team if another club makes him a better offer.
It is surprising that Dortmund is balking at the request considering it isn’t the first time a player has asked, and they have granted the request in the past. Reports suggest that the reason Dortmund is hesitant to grant such a request stems from losing Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich in 2013. Gotze had a similar clause in his contract that allowed him to leave after Bayern paid the 31 million pound release fee.
Since Gotze’s departure, the club has renegotiated contracts with stars like Reus, whose buy-out clause was removed from his contract. The team also refused to grant a buy-out clause to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, when they recently signed him to a new contract.
Mkhitaryan arrived at Borussia Dortmund in 2013, but didn’t have much of an impact on the field while the team was still managed by Jürgen Klopp. However, he has been developing steadily over the last two seasons and the team’s patience with him finally paid off, and he is now one of the team’s best scoring options.
Mkhitaryan ability to score isn’t the only thing the club likes about him, they also love the fact that he can play any position on the front line, which allows them to move other players to their natural positions.
The fact that Mkhitaryan is only 27 is also very appealing to other teams because they know he has at least three more years of his prime left, which means he has a lot of production left in him.
Transfermarkt.com rates Mkhitaryan’s value at 24 million pounds, but he is sure to get closer to 30 million on the transfer market.
Since Mkhitaryan primarily plays the right wing, he would be a perfect addition to Arsenal, playing alongside Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. With Mkhitaryan in the lineup, Arsenal would have one of the most potent attacking trios in the Premier League, and he could help them capture the league title, which has eluded the club for over a decade.
Chelsea already has a crowded midfield, and new manager Antonio Conte prefers defensive wingers, so it might not be the best destination for him.
Manchester United would be another great fit for Mkhitaryan, but since the club will likely miss the Champions League next season, it is doubtful he would want to play there.