One big player tends to leave Borussia Dortmund every summer but Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all on their way out of the German club in what is an unprecedented amount of movement.
Understandably, Dortmund are not happy about it but having let the contracts for all three players run down, they pretty much have only themselves to blame.
That being said, it’s clear Dortmund are frustrated and you could really sense that in their official statement about Mkhitaryan joining Man United where they kindly remind readers the Armenian midfielder is joining a side who finished fifth in the Premier League last season. Oh, and they wish him luck in the Europa League in what is the most thinly veiled swipe you’ll ever see.
It makes the signing of Mkhitaryan all the better in that we have managed to sign a player which his club had absolutely no intention of selling. Over the last few years we’ve tended to be on the wrong end of that – take our failed pursuit of Cesc Fabregas for example when he was at Barcelona which forced us to look elsewhere and ultimately sign Marouane Fellaini.
Mkhitaryan is somebody who Dortmund wanted to hold on to, something they made abundantly clear with public statements re-affirming he wouldn’t be sold, but United swooped in with an offer they couldn’t refuse and we got our man. That’s what you want to see United doing – going out there and getting their prime target, even if it means paying a bit over the odds.
It’s about time United showed some muscle in the transfer window. For one of the world’s biggest clubs, we’ve underperformed in both buying and selling players for some time but under Jose Mourinho we’ve shown quite impressively that we’re back in business the right way, regardless of having no UEFA Champions League next season.