Borussia Dortmund's chief executive speaks on Manchester United target Henrikh Mkhitaryan

According to the Guardian, Borussia Dortmund's CEO is desperate to hang on to the Armenian international.

Borussia Dortmund's chief executive speaks on Manchester United target Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Borussia Dortmund during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Dortmund at Commerzbank-Arena on May 7, 2016 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund/Getty Images)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is a wanted man and with good reason. The Armenian attacking midfielder was instrumental in helping Borussia Dortmund to a second place finish in the Bundesliga and a runner-up finish in the DFB-Pokal. Mkhitaryan scored 19 goals and 24 assists in all competitions for the German side this year.

Those stats and with only one year left on his contract mean he is in high demand. Arsenal have expressed their interest in the 27-year-old, looking for a second signing from the Bundesliga after signing defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach. However, the Armenian has made it clear of his desires to join Manchester United.

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The numbers that Mkhitaryan put up in both the Bundesliga (11 goals and 14 assists) as well as in all competitions are reasons teams are interested in him. According to the Guardian, United have offered around 19 million pounds to Dortmund for Mkhitaryan’s services.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Borussia Dortmund cheers after scoring his team's 3rd goal at Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 23, 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund/Getty Images)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Borussia Dortmund cheers after scoring his team's 3rd goal against VFB Stuttgart at Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 23, 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund/Getty Images)

Dortmund’s chief executive speaks

Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke seems intent on keeping the Armenian there, but Mkhitaryan’s agent, Mino Raiola, does not seem to agree. Watzke said told Bild that they’ve been in negotiations with the 27-year-old to extend his contract and that the club has come to the conclusion that he will stay at Dortmund.

Raiola has spoken and said that it is “bad management” for Dortmund not to let his client leave. Raiola also represents Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is set to sign with United after Euro 2016 ends. He added on to that by saying that United is a unique opportunity for Mkhitaryan and that really wants to go there.