Henrikh Mkhitaryan nears Dortmund exit

Borussia Dortmund Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund have claimed that midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been allowed to talk to Manchester United.

The Armenian international has been heavily linked with United for the last six months, with the Red Devils eager to improve their squad.

Reports in England suggest a fee of £26.3m has been agreed, but the playmaker has yet to undergo his medical and discuss personal terms.

He joined Dortmund three years ago from Shakhtar Donetsk for £23.5m and was in fine form once again last season.

Mkhitaryan scored 18 goals and picked up 25 assists to help Dortmund qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

United are yet to confirm the deal but a Dortmund statement read: “After intensive discussions BVB have complied with the wishes of the Armenian national team player to join Manchester United.”

Mkhitaryan’s arrival would be the second big signing at Old Trafford in just 24 hours, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic completed his move on a free transfer.

Centre-back Eric Bailly already joined earlier this summer as manager Jose Mourinho tries to bolster his squad ahead of the new campaign.

Mourinho’s men are priced at 5.00 to win the Premier League in 2016/17, but they will do it without assistant manager Ryan Giggs.

The Welshman ended his 29-year stay at the club on Saturday as he looks to become a manager elsewhere.

Mourinho had offered Giggs a role in his coaching staff as the former Chelsea boss is set to appoint Rui Faria as his No.2.

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