Manchester United are set to complete a deal to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan after agreeing a fee worth €42million with Borussia Dortmund.
The Bundesliga club have already confirmed the transfer will go through early this week in what will represent Jose Mourinho's third signing of the summer, following deals for defender Eric Bailly and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
"Borussia Dortmund and midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan (27) go their separate ways this summer," CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Saturday.
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"Following an intensive round of discussions, Borussia Dortmund accepted the Armenian international's wish to join Manchester United next season.
"Based on a completely new situation, this transfer was a difficult trade-off for us. Manchester made us a very attractive offer. Had we refused it, the player would have left us on a free transfer in 2017 and we would only have delayed the matter of a replacement for a year."
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Contract & medical
All that appears to be left is the formality of agreeing personal terms and undergoing medical examinations. But according to Germany's biggest tabloid newspaper Bild, Manchester United have already offered a rather generous contract, which Mkhitaryan's agent Mino Raiola has agreed to.
Bild have now published the assumed details behind his contract. They claim Mkhitaryan will earn close to €58m over four years, taking the total cost of the deal over the €100m mark. It will make the deal one of the biggest financial commitments of the summer window thus far.
So here are the key facts:
- Mkhitaryan will receive a signing on bonus worth €8m
- His annual wage with total €12.5m or €240,000-a-week
- The contract runs until 2020
- The total value of the deal (fee & wages) is exactly €100m before bonuses
Manchester United may be keeping quiet on official channels about Mkhitaryan but the club's website inadvertently confirmed his imminent arrival by allowing fans to add the 27-year-old's name to the back of new shirts.
The option, which appeared on Friday, was quickly taken down but not before a number of fans managed to grab screenshots and leak them online.
Bad news for Juan Mata
The arrival of Mkhitaryan is likely to spell the end of Juan Mata's career at Old Trafford with reports suggesting he is close to signing for the Premier League's newest billionaire club Everton. Their new owner has given Ronald Koeman a huge budget to transform the squad and Mata would represent a marquee signing.
But it would be up to the Spaniard to decide whether he wants to play second fiddle to Mkhitaryan or be a key player at a so-called smaller club. Should he leave, it will be the second time in the space of three years that Mourinho has sold Mata after he allowed him to leave Chelsea in 2014.