Soccer: English Premiership sides in competition for Mkhitaryan

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Leading English Premiership clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal, appear to be in competition to get Borussia Dortmund’s Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan when the transfer window opens at the end of this season.

Mkhitaryan, 27, has been enjoying a fairly successful season at the German club, scoring 23 goals on his 49 appearances so far in 2015-16. The Armenian scored his latest goal for Dortmund and made two assists in the weekend 3-0 demolition of Stuttgart at Mercedes-Benz Arena.

British and German media report today that Chelsea F.C. is chasing the attacking midfielder and is, in fact, prepared to pay over €60 million (about $67.5 million) for his services.

Earlier in April, media speculated about Mkhitaryan’s possible move to Arsenal after his recent visit to the UK and British tabloid reports about his “house hunting” in London.

Media have also reported about the interest of another English Premiership side, Liverpool (now coached by Dortmund’s ex-boss Jurgen Klopp), as well as Italy’s Juventus in the services of the Armenian for next season.

Mkhitaryan became Dortmund’s most expensive purchase at €27.5 million in 2013, but his current contract with the German club expires in summer.

According to the German tabloid, Bild, Chelsea may be planning a move to upset the Gunners as their incoming coach Antonio Conte is demanding Mkhitaryan’s signing.

Mkhitaryan himself reportedly poured fuel on the fire on Sunday when he said he did not know anything about the move, but did that with a reported wink.