Manchester United have announced the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan on a four-year deal, with the option of an additional fifth.
The Armenian international becomes Jose Mourinho’s third signing of the summer, following Eric Bertrand Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic through the door.
The latter shares an agent with Mkhitaryan, highlighting the positive negotiating between the club and Mina Raiola, which could bode well in United’s well-documented pursuit of a return for Paul Pogba.
Having turned 27 in January, ‘Micki’ is at the peak of his career and joins United on the back of 23 goals and 32 assists for Borussia Dortmund last season.
For a right midfielder, these are impressive stats, and the right-wing has been a problem position over the past few years at Old Trafford.
Also capable of playing on the left or at number 10, the likelihood of making the right-hand side his own is high, where he could play a pivotal role and have a similar impact to that which Willian had at Chelsea under Mourinho.
Favouring a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3, the Portuguese will have no problem finding a place for Mkhitaryan in his system, who will be a reliable asset going forward.
His overall stats saw him score 41 in 140 appearances in Germany, and he was voted Kicker’s Bundesliga Player of the Year last campaign.
In a league boasting world talent including Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben, this is a feat to acknowledge.
Captaining his national side since 2013, Micki is their all-time top scorer with 19, and this comes in just 51 matches, excellent for his position and given that Armenia are far from renowned on the international stage with all due respect to them.
His move to United honours his father’s memory, after he sadly passed away aged just 33, when Mkhitaryan was just seven years old, but was the ‘drive and inspiration’ for his son at an early age.
He will certainly bring pace, energy, versatility, a healthy attitude and a goal threat from midfield to the team.
Also, he is a dead ball specialist, another element that has been lacking from United’s artillery over the past couple of years.
With just a year left on his Dortmund contract and at a good age, this deal was one not be missed, and United have acted swiftly and continue to seal their dealings early on ahead of pre-season.
We wish Micki all the best during his time in Manchester.