Arsenal And Tottenham On Alert Following Playmaker’s Contract Refusal

Reports have emerged from German Magazine Kicker, that Spurs target Henrikh Mkhitaryan is set to refuse signing a new contract with current club Borussia Dortmund.

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Reports suggest that the Armenian has refused to sign a contract extension at Dortmund due to a dispute over the German club declining the player’s request to put a release clause in his new contract.

Dortmund are thought to be remaining stubborn on the issue, having lost previous key players to rivals after their release clauses’ were triggered, and are now unwilling to place release clauses in any of their player’s contracts.

Now having seen Dortmund’s key men move away from the German giants, the 27-year-old may now also be looking towards the exit door with many clubs reportedly interested in his services, including Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham, claim football website 90min.

Mkhitaryan had a fantastic season last term, bagging 23 goals and 32 assists in all competitions, 11 goals and 20 assists of which coming in the Bundesliga.

Prior to the meeting of Borussia Dortmund and Spurs in the Europa League, the suggestion was made that the two teams play with very similar styles, which in many areas is true, so if the midfielder was to make the move to England, he should have no problems with playing to Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics in the Premier League.

However, if Spurs are to land the signing of the Bundesliga ace, then they will have to fight off interest from North London rivals Arsenal, who will be targeting the Premier League title next season.

Although it looks like a long-shot, if Tottenham could pull this deal off, then he would be an excellent addition to the squad, taking the pressure off the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, and would provide that all important squad depth that has eluded Spurs in the last few seasons as they prepare for their latest stint in the Champions League.