Arsenal handed transfer boost as Dortmund confirm £20m playmaker wants exit

Dortmund chief Hainz-Joachim Watzke confirms Henrikh Mkhitaryan won't sign a new deal

Arsenal have been handed a boost in their bid to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan after Borussia Dortmund confirmed that the midfielder won’t be signing a new contract.

The Armenia international has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months amid initial interest from deposed champions Chelsea.

However, the Blues appear to be facing competition for the talented Dortmund midfielder after Arsenal and Manchester United emerged as potential destinations for the 27-year-old.

Mkhitaryan scored 11 times and made 15 assists in 31 Bundesliga appearances for the German side last term to attract interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs ahead of the opening of the summer transfer window.

Dortmund chief executive Hanz-Joachim Watzke confirmed that Mkhitaryan has turned down the chance to extend his contract amid interest from the Premier League.

“We have dealt with Mkhitaryan for four months. We now know that not be renewed,” Watzke told BILD.

Dortmund finished in second place in the Bundesliga table behind champions Bayern Munich.

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Mkhitaryan previously turned down the chance to join Liverpool in favour of a move to Dortmund in 2013.

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