After signing Granit Xhaka and suffering defeat in the bid to sign Jamie Vardy despite triggering the release clause of the Englishman, Arsenal may be close to making their second summer transfer deal according to reports from the German media. In the last few weeks, Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with the signing of highly rated Dortmund and Armenia international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and it appears the player is now on his way to the Emirates and not Old Trafford.
Dortmund were initially adamant they will not be selling the player but if a report by SportsBild of Germany is anything to go by, Dortmund have now given the player the permission to leave the club this summer should the right offer be made for his services. Arsenal are said to be the player’s choice despite the agent wanting him to move to Manchester United where both he ( the player ) and the agent will be able to command more money.
Dortmund are said to be ready to sell the player if any of the interested clubs are ready to cough out as much as £34 million which is steep for a player who only has one year left on his contract. However, with Walcott earning £140,000 a week and delivering the services of a player who earns 65,000 a week, signing Mkhitaryan will make a lot of sense. Also the fact that he won’t demand as much as Theo Walcott in terms of wages ( and he is way better ) makes it even more interesting.
His signing, if it happens, will be a double edged sword for Arsenal as he can play on the right wing and as well as in the Ozil role. This means we will not have to be overly reliant on Mesut Ozil.