Further to reports in German media this morning that Arsenal had lined up a deal for Gladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, it seems that they are not done shopping in the Bundesliga just yet.
The Guardian are today reporting that Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has emerged as a big summer target for Gunners boss Arsène Wenger as he looks to restructure his side’s midfield this summer, and have already extensively scouted the 27 year old ahead of a summer bid.
The Armenian international became widely known in England when Liverpool were heavily linked with him back in 2013, before the then-Shakhtar player ultimately ended up leaving the Donbass Arena for roughly £23million to join Jürgen Klopp as a replacement for Mario Götze in the Dortmund midfield.
Mkhitaryan has been lethal in Thomas Tuchel’s side this season, scoring 20 goals in 43 games as part of a potent front trio that also consists of Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The three have been in flying form as Dortmund have made fantastic progress in both Europa League and DFB Pokal, as well as pushing Bayern all the way in the Bundesliga.
The report indicates that he would be cautiously open to a move to the Emirates, but is also considering renewing his contract at BVB such is his loyalty to a club where he feels settled, not to mention their impending return to the Champions League.
No fee has been mentioned, but Wenger will undoubtedly try to use the fact that Mkhitaryan will only have one year remaining on his contract to his advantage in an effort to drive down the potential asking price..
The report also confirms (from an English perspective) Arsenal’s interest in Xhaka, as well as Lorient full back Raphaël Guerreiro,
It is set to be one of Wenger’s biggest ever summers in terms of player turnover. Tomáš Rosický, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are all expected to leave the club, with several more – including Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson – linked with permanent moves away from the club also.