Borussia Dortmund will assess Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s situation at the Westfalenstadion and will make a decision on his future this week amid reports suggesting he is set to undergo a medical at Manchester United.
The 27-year-old has one year left on his Dortmund contract and Sky Sports have already reported that Man United have agreed a £26.3 million fee for his signature.
He has emerged as one of Jose Mourinho’s key transfer targets in recent weeks and the deal could now be officially announced early next month.
Speaking about the transfer, Watzke insists Dortmund are keen keen to settle the situation before the start of their pre-season training on 4 July.
“We will assess his situation this week,” he said.
“We not only need to discuss it with [sporting director] Michael Zorc and [coach] Thomas Tuchel, but also with the bodies, it is a difficult decision.
“There are three perspectives with every transfer: An economical, a strategic and a sporting. If the economical side becomes overwhelming it might happen that you make a different decision in the end.”
Mkhitaryan has had an impressive 2015-16 season, scoring 18 goals and providing 25 assists to help his team to second place in the Bundesliga.
Jose Mourinho has already brought in Villarreal defender Eric Bailly for around £30 million and deals for Zlatan Irbahimovic are expected to be completed over the next week.
It’s good to see the Portuguese boss take care of business early, the club have been taken in circles during transfer windows under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal leaving us to complete panic buys on deadline day, but it looks like we’ve finally got some organisation in our buying strategy.