Manchester United have been handed a further boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan after his agent Mina Raiola reiterated his client's desire to move to Old Trafford.
Raiola had previously revealed that the Armenian playmaker saw the chance to join Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford as a "unique opportunity" and has now confirmed that he is working on making the deal happen.
“He wants to go to Manchester United and we are still trying to resolve the situation,” Raiola told The Times. "We are still talking to Dortmund and working hard on this. We are trying to be reasonable. They are aware that Micki wants to leave now."
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It puts Manchester United as the outright favourites to sign the 27-year-old even though there appears to be continued interest from their Premier League rivals Arsenal.
Indeed, Arsene Wenger was linked with a move before the season had even finished but it appears as though the money on offer in Manchester, coupled with the chance to work with Mourinho, has championed the chance to play Champions League football at the Emirates.
It will not be that easy for Manchester United, however, as Borussia Dortmund have already confirmed their intention to keep Mkhitaryan at the club for another season. That is despite that fact that they are likely to lose him for nothing when his contract expires next year.
Chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke told ESPN: "We have been negotiating a new deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan for four months. We now know he won't sign an extension. There was never a promise that he can leave us prematurely.
"We have intensely discussed the question of an early transfer in all club bodies and came to the conclusion that Mkhitaryan will stay in Dortmund next season."
Having already lost Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan, it is understandable that Dortmund would want to keep hold of one of their best players in an attempt to stop a potential mass exodus.
That is why Dortmund flat out rejected Manchester United's £19m bid earlier this week. Although there is no official price tag on his head, it is unlikely the Bundesliga club will consider anything under £30m.
For a club like Manchester United, that kind of price will not prove problematic but it will be enough to test Mourinho's resolve on the matter. He will be wary of the fact that he wants to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba who could cost a world-record fee.
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