— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 2, 2016
The paths of Borussia Dortmund and Henrikh Mkhitaryan separate from this summer, as the club confirms his transfer to Manchester United.
Manchester United are yet to announce their third deal of the summer, as they continue to make strong progress in the transfer market.
In a statement on their website, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “Based on a completely new situation, this transfer was a difficult trade-off for us. Manchester made us a tremendous value offer. Had we refused it, the player would have left for free in 2017 and we would only have delayed the matter of a replacement for a year”
The 27-year-old, who had just 12 months remaining on his Dortmund contract, scored 11 goals and assisted 15 times in the Bundesliga last season.
Dortmund seem annoyed with the transfer, and took a slight dig at Armenian’s decision to snub the Champions League football in order to join Manchester United, who’ll play in Europa League this upcoming season.
Here’s the message sent out by the Bundesliga side: “After intensive discussions, BVB has complied to the wish of the Armenian national team member; to join the fifth-place English team last season, Manchester United, for the new season.”
The statement is similar to their announcement of Ilkay Gundogan’s transfer to Manchester City, in which they mentioned City’s fourth league finish in the former season.