Manchester United have announced the signing of Borussia Dortmund attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan for an undisclosed fee.
The 27-year-old Armenian international has signed a 4-year deal with an option for a further year.
Mkhitaryan has expressed his delight at joining the 20-time English champions and has said he’s hopeful of staying at Old Trafford for a long time.
“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 longtime. I thank the trust the club and Jose Mourinho have put in me,” Mkhitaryan said.
“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.”
Manchester United’s manager, Jose Mourinho, has welcomed the former Shakhtar Donetsk player to the club and has expressed his belief that the player will hit the ground running right away.
“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,” Mourinho said.
“I believe he will make an impact on the team very quickly as his style of play is suited to the PremierLeague. We are all lookingforward to working with him.”
Mkhitaryan can play on either wing and behind the striker, but spent most of last season on the right wing and that’s exactly where he’s expected to play in Mourinho’s system next season.
He’s a very creative and skillful player and is a vast upgrade on Lingard and Mata. The club is doing a fine job in getting the signings in as early as possible and can now focus on pursuing Mourinho’s fourth transfer target.
United are most likely going to sign the fourth player before the start of the season and that would improve their chances of challenging for the Premier League title.