July 22: A significant date for Manchester United and Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

In exactly one month Manchester United take on Borussia Dortmund.

Henrikh MkhitaryanHenrikh Mkhitaryan

Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund are butting heads over the future of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Dortmund are so far refusing to sell despite the Armenian talent having only one year left on his contract, ESPN report.

Borussia's Dortmund's Henrikh MkhitaryanBorussia's Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan

His agent Mino Raiola is insistent Mkhitaryan wants a move, and describes United as his 'dream club', but there remains no progress.

One key date both clubs and Mkhitaryan will have in the back of their minds is in exactly one month, on July 22.

July 22 is potentially significant because it is the date Manchester United play Borussia Dortmund in a pre-season friendly in China.

While not a cut off point like deadline day, both sides would surely prefer not to have the saga still to be running by time the two clubs meet.

Borussia's Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates scoring against ArsenalBorussia's Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates scoring against Arsenal

If Mkhitaryan plays it could only strengthen United boss Jose Mourinho's resolve to sign him, and also provides a chance for face to face talks after the game.

Dortmund may be digging their heels in right now but United have the finances to make them an offer they simply cannot refuse, and there is every chance Mkhitaryan could be lining up for the Red Devils on July 22.

Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates scoring their first goalBorussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates scoring their first goal

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