DORTMUND, Germany—The 24-year-old Armenian forward will sign a deal in the next few days following successful talks between Borussia Dortmund and Shakhtar Donetsk. The German club Borussia Dortmund (BVB) have confirmed on their official club website that they have agreed to a deal to sign the highly sought-after Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Mkhitaryan will complete a switch to Dortmund later this week for 27.5 million euros and will sign a four-year deal with the Bundesliga runners-up. He will wear the No. 10 shirt at BVB.
The Armenian forward, who also plays in midfield, completed his medical with Dortmund on Monday and although a contract is yet to be signed, the stock market has been alerted.
A statement on the German club’s official website read: “Borussia Dortmund AG and FC Shakhtar Donetsk have agreed on the transfer of the Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan, born on 21 January 1989, to Borussia Dortmund.
“Borussia Dortmund and Mkhitaryan have reached a general agreement about the financial conditions of a contract running until 30 June 2017. Details are yet to be agreed upon.”
Mkhitaryan joins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Saint-Etienne and Werder Bremen respectively as Dortmund’s latest recruits since losing Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich.
Mkhitaryan, who was also wanted by English club Liverpool this summer, scored 44 goals in 106 matches for Shakhtar, setting a Ukrainian Premier League record. The technically gifted and powerful midfielder, who speaks a number of languages fluently (including English, Portuguese, French, and Russian), also made eight appearances in the Champions League, scoring two goals.
“We are delighted that we got a fantastic new signing for the attacking midfield role in Henrikh Mkhitaryan,” said BVB sporting director Michael Zorc, while Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund´s chairman of the board, emphasized, “It was not an easy transfer, but we really wanted to have Henrikh – and now we have him.”