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Attacking midfielder Henrik Mhkitaryan is set to stay at Man United as both Dortmund and Inter Milan feel he is too expensive for them, according to the Mirror.
The Armenian international who is also targeted by Arsenal seemed to have found his feet in England after a period of adaptation following his move from Dortmund in 2016, but a fallout with Mourinho led to the playmaker being frozen out of the team, and even though he has returned to the side in recent games, there has been a marked dip in form.
Dortmund had been linked with a move for their former player, but the Express believes they won’t sign him because of his cost and the manner with which his agent Mino Raiola handled his transfer to Old Trafford.
Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke speaking on the speculation said; “I know the economic data of his transfer to Manchester United and that’s why it’s imaginable only with great imagination.”
Dortmund’s pulling out should mean Inter Milan who have also been credited with interest now have increased chances of landing the midfielder if they follow up their pursuit with a bid, but according to Inter boss Luciano Spalletti, they won’t be doing that.
“Mkhitaryan, [Javier] Pastore and then…you see? You need €30-40million to buy them. We don’t have it,” he said.
“It’s no use beating about the bush — I’ve been told that we can’t spend €40million, so there’s no point even talking about it.
“Maybe you could have an exchange of players on loan, but then you would need, for example, Manchester United to want one of our players, but you’ve both got to have the same intentions.
“Everybody has to align with this FFP and nearly everybody needs to bring in more money.“
All hope is not lost for Mhkitaryan though with Arsenal still interested in him and in a position to afford him.
The North London club rivaled Man United for his signature in 2016 but lost out, now they are back in the race for him as Arsene Wenger looks to replace Ozil who might be heading to Man United when his contract runs out.