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Mchitarjan to Manchester United

Manchester United strengthened themselves with the Armenian Henrich Mchitarjan. He comes from Borussia Dortmund.

(sda) Manchester United make another high profile transfer. Two days after superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the English sign the Armenian Henrich Mchitarjan from Borussia Dortmund. While Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not charge a transfer fee - he received a horrific salary for it - the transfer fee for the 27-year-old Henrich Mchitarjan is probably around 42 million euros. A few weeks ago, Manchester United made another costly transfer and signed the Ivorian central defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal for around 38 million euros.

While Manchester United and their new coach José Mourinho continue to upgrade, Borussia Dortmund loses another high-profile player. Before Mchitarjan, Mats Hummels (for Bayern Munich) and Ilkay Gündogan (for Manchester City) had already left the runner-up in last year's Bundesliga. These three departures bring the Dortmunders around 110 million euros. Mchitarjan is BVB's record transfer.

They hadn't planned such a bloodletting at Borussia Dortmund. Managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke, who was still convinced in the spring that the top performers would not leave the club, justified the latest departure: “This transfer was preceded by a difficult consideration for us on the basis of a completely new starting situation. Manchester United made us an extremely valuable offer. Had we knocked it out, the player would have been transferred for free in 2017. "

Borussia Dortmund was not completely unprepared for the weighty departures anyway. The Spaniard Marc Bartra comes from FC Barcelona for Hummels, Borussia anticipated the loss of Mchitarjan by signing the Turkish shooting star Emre Mor. In addition, the midfield was reinforced with the Belgian Ousmane Dembélé.