Report: Manchester United close to bringing in both Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan

The Red Devils are close to bringing in their second and third transfers of the new Jose Mourinho era.

Report: Manchester United close to bringing in both Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan
United are close to bringing in two new signings (Photo: Getty Images)

Manchester United are closing in on their second and third signing of the summer transfer window, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to arrive at Old Trafford.

The Reds are believed to be in advanced talks with Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mkhitaryan, with a deal set to be announced later this week providing negotiations go well.

Jose Mourinho could link up with former Paris Saint-Germain forward Ibrahimovic, who played under the Portuguese manager at Inter Milan after he left Paris at the end of the season.

The Swede, who recently retired from international football, is on the verge of signing a one-year deal once personal terms have been agreed, subject to a medical too, and, reports suggest, a second year is optional.

Mkhitaryan wants his dream move to Old Trafford (Photo: Getty Images)
Mkhitaryan wants his dream move to Old Trafford (Photo: Getty Images)

Dortmund wanted midfielder to stay

It has been clear over recent weeks that Dortmund have wanted one of their prize assets to stay at the club, but it appears that Mkhitaryan is set to follow Mats Hummels out the door.

The Armenian international, who scored 23 goals in 52 games last season, said all along that he wouldn’t be signing a contract extension after admitting it was his dream to sign for United.

However, the German side have been looking for his replacement after they seem to be settled on an offer, which may well rise to £25million with add-ons.

Mkhitaryan only has 12 months left on his contract with Dortmund, who, if they persisted and kept the midfielder, could have risked letting him go for free next summer.

Ibrahimovic would bring much-needed character to United (Photo: Getty Images)
Ibrahimovic would bring much-needed character to United (Photo: Getty Images)

Arrivals will show United’s intent

The arrival of the midfielder is set to throw certain players’ futures in doubt, including Spain international Juan Mata and Belgium international Marouane Fellaini.

Mourinho is also close to linking up with one of his former stars in Ibrahimovic, after Ibrahimovic’s Sweden exited the Euro 2016 group stage last week.

His contract with Paris Saint-Germain will expire at the end of this month, but a deal for the forward may well be settled before then.