Henrikh Mkhitaryan will join Manchester United after Borussia Dortmund reluctantly confirmed the two clubs had agreed a fee – believed to £26.3m – for the player.

Dortmund released a statement reading: “After intensive discussions BVB have complied with the wishes of the Armenian national team player to join Manchester United.”

. @HenrikhMkh wechselt zu @ManUtd // Henrikh Mkhitaryan moves to Manchester United. Details to follow. pic.twitter.com/mFxTgZoS3J

— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 2, 2016

“This transfer was for us a difficult one to agree, but we had to assess the fact the player just had a year left on his deal and Manchester made us a tremendous offer.

“Had we knocked it back, the player would be able to leave for free in 2017. It was a tough balancing act, but in the end, the money on offer – plus the player’s reluctance to sign a new deal – meant we had little choice.

“Borussia Dortmund wishes Henrikh Mkhitaryan all the best for the coming season in both the Premier League and in the UEFA Europa League.”

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The Armenian playmaker will become the third new arrival of the Jose Mourinho era after deals for Eric Bailly last month and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday were agreed.

Mkhitaryan – who Manchester United have tracked all summer – arrived in Manchester on a private jet arrived from Dortmund at Manchester Airport at 3.30pm on Friday afternoon, before being taken to Carrington and to put the final touches on the transfer.

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Manchester United are yet to announce the deal, but official confirmation is thought to be imminent.

Mkhitaryan refused to sign a new deal at Dortmund, and with only one year remaining on his current deal, the German club were forced into the player’s sale.

After a series of negotiations, it is now reported that the clubs have struck a £26.3million deal – amid claims the player was set to part finance the transfer deal himself.


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