Manchester United fans are waking up to the news that they are close to securing their second signing of the summer, but who is Henrikh Mkhitaryan? Here's the lowdown on the Manchester United new boy.
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Who is Henrikh Mkhitaryan? Position
The versatility of the Armenian will see him become a big part of Jose Mourinho's Manchester United. With the ability to play almost anywhere across the attacking line, and indeed in midfield - the 27-year-old relatively modest fee of £26 million could prove to be a bargain.
He will likely operate on the right wing when he does join United, but he could also be handed a more central role - especially with it becoming more and more likely that Wayne Rooney's future rests in a deep-lying midfield role.
Who is Henrikh Mkhitaryan? Strengths
His creative spark is undoubtedly one of his stronger points, demonstrated by his impressive 20 assists in his 50 appearances this season.
But the Armenia also scores goals, and netted on no less that 21 occasion this season, an impressive feat from a player who has mainly operated from a wider role.
Despite not being the quickest player on paper, he does have a burst of pace that has allowed him to excel out-wide - but he is at his most dangerous when he cuts inside.
Who is Henrikh Mkhitaryan? Background
Currently playing his trade with Bundesliga side, Borrussia Dortmund - joining from Shaktar Donetsk in 2013. Drafted in as a replacement for the outgoing Mario Gotze, Mkhitaryan has gone on to score 40 goals since donning the yellow and black of Dortmund.
Now 27-year-old, Mkhitaryan was handed the Armenian national team captaincy in 2013. He his Armenia's all-time leading goalscorer, with 19 goals in his 59 appearances.
Who is Henrikh Mkhitaryan? How will he fit in the current Manchester United team?
It's likely he will play a wide role under Jose Mourinho, operating in a false-winger type role - similar to that of what Juan Mata currently does at United.
Mourinho is undoubtedly look to Mkhitaryan to fill the creativity void currently in the side. United fans have been frustrated over the past 2 seasons, with Louis Van Gaal's side struggling to not only create goal scoring chances, but also failed to convert them.
The Armenian will bring a cutting edge to United's attack, and fans will be hoping his arrival - coupled with the inevitable welcoming of Zlatan Ibrahimovic will kick start the Jose Mourinho era.