It wasn’t so long ago that Henrikh Mkhitaryan looked to have cemented a starting place in a new-look Manchester United attack.
The Armenian was slowly introduced into the United set-up upon joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2016.
He made some waves at the turn of the year with some stellar contributions, and later played an integral role in the Red Devils’ Europa League win.
The 28-year-old’s promise saw him start this season in an attacking midfield role behind the new £75m arrival of Romelu Lukaku. The latter had a magnificent start to the season, while Mkhitaryan was breaking records with his early form. United appeared to have a duo that could potentially fire them back to the glory days.
5 – Henrikh Mkhitaryan has equalled the PL record for most assists in his first three apps in a season (5 by Ruel Fox in 1994/95). Creator. pic.twitter.com/snCPKs85wU
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 26, 2017
His goal and assist tally dried up, before his overall form dropped dramatically. Having lost patience, manager Jose Mourinho has omitted the forward from each matchday squad since the win over Brighton & Hove Albion seven matches ago.
BBC Sport reported a “breakdown in trust” between manager and player opening the way to a likely January departure, with ESPN citing a training ground row between the two.
Now two separate reports claim that some of Europe’s biggest clubs are vying for Mkhitaryan’s signature.
Corriere dello Sport in Italy (via Football-Italia) state that the player has given a ‘green light’ to a move to Inter Milan. ESPN reported similar interest from the Serie A club, with Joao Mario or Ivan Perisic (a Mourinho target) potentially heading the other way.
The Independent, on the other hand, believe that the aforementioned Borussia Dortmund are the “likeliest” club to sign ‘Micki’.
Miguel Delaney writes that Mkhitaryan’s former side have shown the “strongest interest” so far. Of course, there is the precedence of Shinji Kagawa joining United from Dortmund in 2012, before returning two years later.