Manchester United have now agreed a fee with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and will announce the signing next week.
This is according to German publication Bild, who claim United will pay the Bundesliga club €42 million (£35 million) for the Armenian playmaker.
That is significantly more than the Red Devils’ opening bid of €24 million, but new United boss Jose Mourinho will be delighted to have finally landed one of his top transfer targets.
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Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke was quoted by ESPN on Tuesday as saying: "We at some stage need to make a final assessment, and since we begin preseason on Monday, we will do it at the weekend.
"We've got another situation now. Manchester United have significantly improved their offer. The management will make a decision. At the weekend, definitely."
Mkhitaryan wanted 'dream' move to Man Utd
As it turns out, the decision to sell Mkhitaryan has now been made before the weekend.
With the player keen to secure a dream move to Manchester United - and his agent, Mino Raiola, also pushing hard to make the deal happen - there was only ever likely to be one outcome.
Dortmund stood firm, despite the fact Mkhitaryan only has one year left to run on his contract at Signal Iduna Park, and negotiations apparently became so tense at one point that the colourful Raiola ‘threw a chair’ during a talk with BVB officials.
But Dortmund will be relieved that they have successfully negotiated the best possible price for Mkhitaryan, who will bolster United’s attacking options.
Mkhitaryan will be joined by Zlatan next week
The 27-year-old scored an impressive 23 goals and provided a magnificent 32 assists in all competitions next season and is likely to be deployed on the right-hand side of United’s attack.
Mkhitaryan will be joined at Old Trafford by Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is expected to undergo a medical with the Premier League giants next week.
Mourinho is also keen to sign Paul Pogba, although United would need to smash the world transfer record to bring the French midfielder back to Old Trafford from Juventus.
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