Manchester United’s chances of title success next season could be set for a significant boost after Borussia Dortmund revealed that selling Henrikh Mkhitaryan could now be an option.
The Armenian has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time but the Der BVB board had appeared determined to stick to their plan of allowing him to see out his contract before leaving on a free next summer.
However, reports over the last few days have suggested they may have had a change of heart after receiving a bid believed to be around £26million from United.
Mkhitaryan and his entourage have made no secret of their desire to see a deal materialise and the 27-year-old would expect to quickly become a key player under new boss Jose Mourinho.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic also looks set to join the Red Devils while they have already signed defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal.
After previously holding out, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has now revealed the money on offer means it may prove impossible for the Bundesliga outfit to resist selling another of their stars.
“We will assess his situation this week. We not only need to discuss it with Michael Zorc and Thomas Tuchel, but also with the bodies,” Watzke told German magazine Kicker. “It is a difficult decision.
“There are three perspectives with every transfer: An economic, a strategic and a sporting.
“If the economic side becomes overwhelming it might happen that you make a different decision in the end.”
United are currently the 5.50 second favourites to win the 2016-17 Premier League title, with local rivals City leading the way at 2.88.