Borussia Dortmund are in for a long and difficult summer transfer window.
With Mats Hummels’ departure to rivals Bayern Munich confirmed, manager Thomas Tuchel now faces a battle to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The attacking trio each enjoyed fine seasons at the Westfalenstadion and now find themselves the subjects of interest across Europe.
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And they’ve both been handed boosts in their pursuit of the Armenian magician.
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According to the Daily Mail, Mkhitaryan has turned down a new deal at Dortmund, fuelling rumours he could leave this summer.
His agent, Mino Raiola, has since commented on the winger’s decision, telling German outlet Bild: “Why should we extend now? Miki has a contract that runs through 2017 and we’re going to keep considering his future.”
On the one hand, Raiola might be trying to hold out for more money; on the other, Mkhitaryan could well be interested in a move to the Premier League three years on from arriving in Germany.
It’s easy to see why Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in the 27-year-old, not just because they both desire attacking reinforcements this summer, but also because of the Armenia international’s goalscoring exploits last term.
Mkhitaryan scored 23 goals and assisted a further 32 across all competitions for Dortmund - a phenomenal return.
He’s reportedly happy at the Signal Iduna Park, but recent developments suggest he could leave if Dortmund fail to offer a deal that he can’t refuse.
What could see him stay in Germany, though, is the profound relationship he shares with Tuchel.
The winger told German sport magazine Kicker earlier this season: “I’m very thankful to him - he changed the way I think.”
As a result, the Daily Mail reports that Mkhitaryan wants any new deal at Dortmund to include a clause whereby he can leave if Tuchel does the very same.
Understandably, the Bundesliga outfit are unwilling to comply.
Dortmund also face the prospect of losing Aubameyang this summer if a recent photo of the Gabonese striker watching Real Madrid in the Champions League final is anything to go by.
The 26-year-old was spotted in the stands at the San Siro amidst rumours Los Blancos want to sign him.