ARSENAL’S prospects of signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan have been boosted after the midfielder rejected a contract extension offer from Borussia Dortmund.
According to German paper Bild, the 27-year-old is refusing to sign a new deal because his future may lie in the Premier League.
Arsenal and Chelsea are among the clubs mentioned as a possible destination with both looking to bolster their attacking options this summer.
The Daily Star claim Chelsea actually made a bid for the Armenia international last summer and are keen to try again, while the same source suggests the Gunners have been monitoring Mkhitaryan for some time and are ready to meet his demands, as well as stumping up a transfer fee of £23million.
Having already lost key defender Mats Hummels to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich and with Ilkay Gundogan seemingly close to going to Manchester City, Dortmund will be desperate to hold onto Mkhitaryan who scored 18 goals and provided 20 assists last season.
Arsenal fans may be slightly concerned at boss Arsene Wenger’s pursuit of Mkhitaryan, not because of any lack of quality, but because the Gunners have already splashed out £30m for Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka – which may leave them reluctant to pay another hefty fee for the world-class striker they so badly need.