MANCHESTER (Express.co.uk)—Mkhitaryan’s move to Manchester United was announced over the weekend by Borussia Dortmund, with CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confirming the deal.
“This transfer was for us a difficult one, but Manchester United made us a tremendous, valuable offer,” Watzke said.
“Had we knocked it, the player would have left the club for free in 2017.”
And with Mkhitaryan’s arrival set to be announced by United imminently, German newspaper Bild has leaked details of the 27-year-old’s contract.
The report says Mkhitaryan’s move will cost United in excess of £80million – which includes a signing on bonus, transfer fee and four-year £200k-a-week contract.
It is said the Armenian international will receive a £6.7m signing-on fee, £10.4m-a-year contract and will cost United in the region of £34m.
Mkhitaryan was one of the most prolific forwards in European football last season, scoring 23 goals and providing 32 assists in 52 appearances for Dortmund.
Once confirmed, he will become Jose Mourinho’s third signing at United, having already sealed deals for defender Eric Bailly and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.