Arsenal stepping up Henrikh Mkhitaryan interest

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Arsenal are stepping up their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

This has been reported by The Sun, who claim that the Gunners are hoping to wrap up a quick deal to sign the Armenia international.

Mkhitaryan, 27, enjoyed a prominent season in the Bundesliga - he scored 11 and assisted 15 in 31 games - and would prove a major coup for the Gunners. 


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It appears, though, that Mkhitaryan will come at a price for Arsenal, who have already secured the signature of Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Indeed, the same report from The Sun claims that the Dortmund ace has been rated at £25 million.


It remains to be seen as to whether the Arsenal hierarchy will pay the full sum, but with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham showing interest, the club may have no choice as they look to get the deal over the line. 

With just one year remaining on the player's contract, the report claims that the German outfit are ready to move him on in this window.  

Wenger plotting 

After failing to secure the Premier League title last season, it's clear for all to see that Arsene Wenger and co. aren't wasting any time in the pursuit of success.

The aforementioned Xhaka, 23, should prove a fine coup for the club, while Mkhitaryan would only enhance the squad further. 

And then there's the small matter of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. It has been well documented that Arsenal have triggered his £22 million release clause, but it now appears that the club will have to wait until after Euro 2016 to receive an answer from the man himself. 

The BBC have today reported that the player's representatives have told Arsenal that he's focused on England's upcoming tournament. 

Vardy netted 24 Premier League goals last season and was one of the standout players of the campaign as Leicester City secured the Premier League title. 

Wenger is clearly looking to change the dynamic of his side as he can't afford to go another season without triumphing in England's elite division. There's a long way to go before the start of the 2016/17 campaign, but it appears that the Arsenal chief is intent on putting together a team ready to stamp their mark on the title race. 

With the likes of Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and co. gearing up to do just that, Wenger will be well aware that he can't be left behind. 

Arsenal fans: what do you make of these potential signings? Have your say below! 

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