Mino Raiola has continued to stoke the fire linking Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Manchester United by saying it is his dream move which he’s desperate to complete this summer.
Mkhitaryan’s contract with Borussia Dortmund expires this summer and Man United are the front runners to try and lure him away from the German club, even if they are refusing to let him go.
Raiola himself has orchestrated the Man United links and speaking to German newspaper Bild, he said an offer from United is a once in a lifetime opportunity which he can ill afford to ignore.
“We have both taken very different views and fight for them like lions,” Raiola said.
“Watzke walks 180 degrees into one direction and I 180 degrees into the other. But even though it does not look like it right now, I still hope for a sensible solution.
“Such an offer to join Manchester United might only come once in a lifetime for a player and nobody can guarantee us that the door will still be open for Mkhitaryan next season. Manchester is Mkhitaryan’s dream club, he wants to join them by any means.
“We are still talking to Dortmund. We are trying to be reasonable. They are aware that Mkhitaryan wants to leave now.”
Raiola doesn’t exactly sound like he is trying to be reasonable if we’re being complete impartial on this. He’s doing his utmost to stir the nest and force Dortmund to sell Mkhitaryan, something they have desire to do. If anything, he’s being the opposite of reasonable but I suppose he’s simply doing his job as a football agent.
Dortmund are being backed into a corner with Raiola’s constant comments about Mkhitaryan but they cannot be forced to sell him this summer as he has a contract, it’s just up to them whether they want to cash in on him or let him leave on a free. From a football perspective, only the latter is a viable option following the exits of Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan already and as a fan owned club, things work a bit differently in Germany which plays a big role in this.
What we do know is Mkhitaryan will not be renewing his contract so whether or not he leaves Dortmund this summer or the next is irrelevant – he’ll be going. It’s now up to Dortmund to decide if cash is more important than the player or, more importantly when you think about it, is whether they feel he can be replaced with a better option. If they can, why wouldn’t they sell him?