Man United secure second superstar signing with £26m raid

Manchester United have signed Borussia Dortmund forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Bundesliga outfit have confirmed.

The Red Devils have reportedly paid £26m to bring the Armenia international to Old Trafford, the third high-profile player to join Jose Mourinho’s revolution after Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Mkhitaryan, 27, had one year remaining on his Dortmund contract and publicly announced his desire to sign for United via his agent Mino Raiola.

The forward, who is comfortable on either wing or as a No.10, enjoyed a sensational season in the Bundesliga last term, netting 11 goals and registering 15 assists – the most in the German top flight in 15/16.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted that the club had little choice but to sell Mkhitaryan this summer, especially due to United’s offer.

He said: “Manchester has made us a tremendous value offer.

“Had we knocked it back, the player would have left for free in 2017. And we would only have postponed the personal issue by one year.”

Last season, Mkhitaryan averaged 2.6 passes, 2.6 dribbles and 2.6 shots per game, as well as achieving an impressive 75% pass success rate.

Mkhitaryan signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2013 for €25m after impressing for Shakhtar Donetsk, and his since scored 23 goals in 88 Bundesliga appearances.

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