Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan
According to Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, Borussia Dortmund are sticking to their €40m (£30.8m) valuation for playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan - but have eyed Wolfsburg's Andre Schurrle as a possible replacement.
A 2013 signing from Shakhtar Donetsk, Mkhitaryan has become one of the most dangerous attacking midfield players in Europe since joining Dortmund, hitting 17 goals in his first two seasons at Signal Iduna Park.
However, it was last season that really catapulted Mkhitaryan into the spotlight. Even with Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the ranks, Mkhitaryan managed to shine, hammering 18 goals and 20 assists in all competitions.
Yet, much like Ilkay Gundogan, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski before him, his displays appear to be attracting admiring glances from elsewhere.
Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Manchester United have failed with a €25m (£19m) bid for Mkhitaryan - and that Dortmund are standing firm with their valuation, demanding a huge €40m (£30.8m) for the Armenian international.
Having already lost Gundogan and Mats Hummels this summer, Dortmund understandably don't want to lose another top player, and appear to have made it clear that only a huge bid will prise Mkhitaryan away from Dortmund.
However, they are also believed to have made a contingency plan in case Mkhitaryan is sold. The report adds that Wolfsburg winger Andre Schurrle - formerly of Chelsea - has been eyed as a possible replacement this summer, having endured a difficult season with Wolfsburg.
The ball is now in United's court; pay the asking price or Mkhitaryan is staying at Signal Iduna Park. Whether Jose Mourinho's men are willing to pay almost £12m on top of their initial bid remains to be seen.
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