Arsenal want to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan as they prepare for the departures of three midfielders in the summer.
That is according to The Guardian, who report Arsenal are scouting the Borussia Dortmund playmaker and have monitored his performances via video clips.
With Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky all set to leave the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal’s midfield is in need of a rebuild and Arsene Wenger wants to make Mkhitaryan one of his additions.
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The 27-year-old, under contract until 2017, is reportedly weighing up his options.
Dortmund are keen on extending his deal - which is hardly surprising given the Armenian’s immense talent - but Mkhitaryan is aware of Arsenal’s interest.
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Wenger got a first-hand look at Mkhitaryan’s skills during their meetings in the Champions League this season and last, and he’s clearly enjoyed what he’s seen.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk player is Dortmund’s creative spark but has also contributed in the goalscoring department, finding the net 20 times in all competitions.
Ozil + Mkhitaryan = heaven
The thought of him alongside Mesut Ozil in Arsenal’s midfield will have fans screaming for Wenger to get the chequebook out.
Dortmund paid Shakhtar £23.5m for Mkhitaryan’s services in 2013 and would be looking to earn a profit on their investment if they sell.
However, given the fact that he has only one year left on his contract, it’s unlikely they will set a ridiculous price tag.
Xhaka is also on Wenger's radar
Wenger is bracing himself for the departures of long-time Gunners Arteta, Flamini and Rosicky by scouting Borussia Monchengladbach’s holding midfielder Granit Xhaka.
The Arsenal trio are all over the age of 30 and are out of contract in the summer. None have been helped my persistent injury problems, either.
Xhaka, 23, fits the mould of players Wenger typically scouts. He is an intelligent player and offers a physical presence needed in the Premier League.
Arsenal fans can get a closer look at the former Basel man when he lines up for Switzerland at this summer’s European Championship.
The Gunners are in desperate need of fresh faces after seeing their season undone in the past month.
They were in the title race until Wenger’s mistake of not signing any outfield players in the transfer window was exposed with back-to-back defeats to Manchester United and Swansea in the league.
The 12-year wait for a Premier League title looks set to become 13 but Arsenal fans can look forward to another title charge next season if Wenger is able to sign Mkhitaryan and Xhaka.
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