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United are hopeful of signing Mkhitaryan with ‘Improved offer’.

Manchester United are hopeful of signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan with an ‘Improved offer’.

Manchester United are closer to signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan with an ‘improved offer’ of £30m for the 27-year-old.

The Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke disclosed on Tuesday that they had received the £30m bid and were truly contemplating on whether to sell Mkhitaryan even though he has a year left on his contract.

“The situation is now different,” Watzke said. “Manchester have made a much-improved offer. In situations like this there are always a lot of different things to consider and in the end, at one point we have to make a decision.

“And as we are back in training on Monday we will decide at the weekend. I have contacted the relevant people and we will weigh things up at the weekend. And then the board will make the decision, definitely at the weekend.”

Since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 Mkhitaryan has attracted the attention of several clubs including Arsenal, and is known for being one of the best-attacking midfielders in the Bundesliga for which he would be offered a four-or-five-year contract.

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