Manchester United are Henrikh Mkhitaryan's 'dream club' - Mino Raiola
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants to secure a move to Manchester United to join "his dream club," according to the player's agent.
And his agent Mino Raiola has claimed Manchester United have made a €24 million offer, while sources have told ESPN FC that Arsenal are very much interested in signing the Bundesliga player.
Dortmund, meanwhile, have insisted that they don't have any plans to sell Mkhitaryan and will force him to see out his contract.
Raiola has now also changed tack in Germany, and insisted in Bild that Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke is "one of the best club bosses in the world" with whom he "communicates respectful."
But for all the respect, Raiola knows that the club's and his interests are going into opposite directions and currently make a transfer impossible.
"We have both taken very different views and fight for them like lions," Raiola told Bild. "Watzke walks 180 degrees into one direction and I 180 degrees into the other. But even though it does not look like it right now, I still hope for a sensible solution.
"Such an offer to join Manchester United might only come once in a lifetime for a player and nobody can guarantee us that the door will still be open for Micki next season. Manchester are Micki's dream club, he wants to join them by any means."
Pressed by Bild if United might have to make a higher bid than the reported €24m, Raiola said: "That's not my task. My task is to represent my player's interests. It's known what Micki wants."
Stephan Uersfeld is the Germany correspondent for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @uersfeld.