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Borussia Dortmund strengthened by Henrikh Mkhitaryan arrival

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Borussia Dortmund announced the signing of Armenia international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan via their official website on Monday.

Dortmund are thought to have beaten English giants Liverpool to the signing of Mkhitaryan, although it is rumoured Liverpool never made an acceptable bid to his previous club Shakhtar Donetsk.

Mkhitaryan will certainly minimise the loss of quality in the attacking midfield position felt by the departure of starlet Mario Gotze to rivals Bayern Munich with the Armenian possessing fantastic pace and an eye for a pass which will allow him to play in the position just behind the striker with relative ease.

Following Jurgen Klopp's recent announcement that Robert Lewandowski would join Bayern Munich on a free transfer next summer after Borussia Dortmund refused to buckle under the financial pressure put upon them by Pep Guardiola's side.

With the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and now Mkhitaryan, we are very much getting a glimpse of what Borussia Dortmund will look like in life after Lewandowski.

Aubameyang will be utilised as the forward, with Marco Reus staying on the left, Jakob Blaszczykowski on the right hand side and Mkhitaryan playing just off Aubameyang. More often than not next season I feel we will see Dortmund play with that line-up in order to prepare for when they lose Lewandowski, who has been magnificent for them in the previous two seasons.

Borussia Dortmund, in their official statement to announce the signing of Mkhitaryan, confirmed that the club had "finalised its essential transfer activities in the summer transfer period for the season 2013/2014," following the additions of Aubameyang and Sokratis Papastathopoulos earlier this summer.

Dortmund went on to say they had spent all of their allotted €50m transfer budget which suggests that the fee paid for Mkhitaryan is within the region of €27m due to the fact €13m and €10m were spent of Aubameyang and Sokratis respectively.

Mkhitaryan will have a contract with Borussia Dortmund that will last for four years, ending in the summer of 2013.

Dortmund are signing a player who is very much moulded to their attacking, pleasing-on-the-eye style of football, with Klopp wanting all of his players to be comfortable on the ball and willing to create opportunities for the team through short quick passing or pieces of clever skill.

Mkhitaryan possesses all this and more with the Armenian known for his ability to produce a sharp turn of pace to beat a defender and then play a killer pass through to the forwards as he did so often at Shakhtar with Luiz Adriano.

I suspect Mkhitaryan would be able to form the same partnership with Aubameyang with the Gabon international having a similar style to Luiz Adriano, relying on pace to get into positions to score.

With the departure of Gotze likely to hit Dortmund hard, the German club has strengthened the team in areas which required it: the defence which did at times look a bit shaky last season with Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic showing they occasionally had an error in them, thus Sokratis was brought in to increase competition for places within the defence as well as cover the loss of Felipe Santana, who moved to rivals Schalke early this summer.

The midfield has been strengthened by the signing of Mkhitaryan who will fill the position of Gotze right behind the forwards as I have previously mentioned, this will mean Marco Reus can stay on the left-hand side which is where he was most effective last term, despite impressing in the Champions League final when asked to play through the middle.

The signing of Aubameyang not only covers the future loss of Lewandowski for the 2014-15 campaign but also he can play on the left-hand side of the forward three with great effectiveness which Borussia Dortmund will need after the Champions League final showed backup left midfield Kevin Grosskreutz to not yet be of the required standard to be a regular feature in Klopp's first team.

Mkhitaryan will wear the No. 10 shirt at his new club - the number previously worn by Gotze.

 

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