Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has reportedly informed the club that he will not sign a contract extension with them this summer.
It appears as though the German giants are set for a rocky summer with a number of their top stars heading through the exit door, with Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan already leaving the club for Bayern Munich and Manchester City respectively.
Although Thomas Tuchel has also been active in bringing in new players including the likes of Marc Bartra, Ousmane Dembele and Emre Mor, there will be growing concern over their inability to keep their top players.
According to Bild, Mkhitaryan could now be the latest big name to leave, as it has been confirmed that the 27-year-old does not intend on continuing negotiations over a new deal, although Dortmund intend on ensuring he sees out the last year of his contract before leaving.
“For four months the club have been negotiating with Mkhitaryan, over whether or not he wants to extend with us,” Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed.
“Now we know that he will not extend his current deal. There was never a promise that he can leave us prematurely.”
While there is likely to be plenty of interest in the playmaker, who has scored 40 goals in 136 appearances for Dortmund, Arsenal have been strongly linked with making a move, as noted by the Metro.
Having already signed Granit Xhaka this summer, Arsene Wenger could be set for a busy few months as he looks to significantly strengthen his squad ahead of the new campaign.
However, they will face competition from Manchester United, with the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, revealing that the Red Devils are an option that they like and would prioritise.
“Those in charge at BVB promised Micki months ago that he can leave the club in the summer,” Raiola said. “Dortmund have an official offer, but the BVB bosses now fear their fans. All of a sudden they say that he has to leave on a free next summer. That’s very bad management.”
“Manchester United are a unique opportunity. Micki wants to join them now by any means.”