Official: Manchester United confirm signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Dortmund


Manchester United have announced the signing of Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund.

Mkhitaryan has penned down a four-year deal with the Premier League giants with an option to extend for a further year.

Despite Dortmund’s reluctance to sell the 27-year-old all summer, the Bundesliga runner-ups confirmed last week that a deal has been struck with Man Utd for the player’s services from next season after agreeing a reported fee of £26.3 million.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan said: “I am very proud to join Manchester United, this move is a dream come true for me. I am excited to play for a club with such an illustrious history and hope to be part of it for a long time.

“I thank the trust the club and Jose Mourinho have put in me. Finally, I believe playing for such a great club honours my father’s memory, and the inspiration and drive he gave to me when I was young.”

The versatile playmaker is his country’s all-time top scorer with 19 goals in 59 appearances and has received the Armenian Footballer of the Year award on five occasions.

José Mourinho said: “Henrikh is a very talented footballer who has been in such prolific form for both his club and his country. He is a real team player with great skill, vision and also has a good eye for goal.

“I am delighted he has chosen to sign for United. I believe he will make an impact on the team very quickly as his style of play is suited to the Premier League. We are all looking forward to working with him.”

The 27-year-old joined Dortmund in 2013 from Shakhtar Donetsk for a club record £23.5m million but the club were enforced to sanction his sell to Man Utd since Mkhitaryan had only a year left on his contract with the German club.

Mkhitaryan, who scored 23 goals and provided 32 assists and was named the Bundesliga Players’ Player of the Season, will become Jose Mourinho’s third signing at Old Trafford with the arrival of former Villarreal defender Eric Bailly and Swedish centre forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic already confirmed by the Red Devils.

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