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Arsenal target Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to ESPN.
The midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League with Arsenal and Manchester United front runners in the race to snap the midfielder.
However both clubs have now been dealt a huge blow as BVB have ruled out the possibility of selling the midfielder this summer. The German club has confirmed the player isn’t interested in extending his contract which has one year left to run and would leave for free next year.
“We’ve been negotiating a new deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan for four months,” Watzke said. “We now know he won’t sign an extension. There was never a promise that he can leave us prematurely.”
The player’s agent Mino Raiola revealed his client had been promised he would be allowed to leave this summer but the club went back on their words.
“Those in charge at BVB promised Micki months ago that he can leave the club in the summer,” Raiola said. “Dortmund have an official offer, but the BVB bosses now fear their fans. All of a sudden they say that he has to leave on a free next summer. That’s very bad management.”
However, Dortmund took a strong stand on Mkhitaryan after being forced to sell Matt Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan to Bayern Munich and Manchester City respectively in the last few weeks.
“We have intensely discussed the question of an early transfer in all club bodies and came to the conclusion that Mkhitaryan will stay in Dortmund next season,” Watzke said.
The news will come as a big blow to Gooners who had been hoping Wenger signs the Armenia midfielder this summer.