Dortmund calm over Mkhitaryan future amid Arsenal, Juventus talk

Borussia Dortmund are hoping to keep midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the club amid interest from Juventus and links with Arsenal, the club’s sporting director Michael Zorc has told Bild.

Mkhitaryan, 27, who is under contract at Dortmund until 2017, has been instrumental for a rejuvenated Dortmund side this season, setting up 24 goals and scoring a further 20 in 43 appearances.

Alongside Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Armenia international has been part of a trio which has scored 74 goals and set up 41 for one of the best attacks in Europe this season.

His performances for Dortmund have, however, been noticed by other European top clubs with Juventus and Arsenal said to be monitoring his situation.

According to a Guardian report, Arsene Wenger has sent his scouts to Dortmund as he hopes to rebuild his midfield next season, and in an interview with Gazetta Dello Sport Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola has confirmed Serie A leaders Juventus are also eager to sign him.

“I know that [Massimiliano] Allegri likes him, and Micki would be delighted to play for the Bianconeri, but you’ve also got to bear in mind that [Dortmund coach Thomas] Tuchel regards him as a player he cannot do without,” Raiola said. “That is why I think it is difficult that anything will happen.”

In Bild on Thursday, Raiola added: “We are in no rush to prolong the contract at Dortmund. We will act calmly.”

Zorc, however, refused to comment on Juventus’ interest, and added that they “are in good talks with Micki and Mr. Raiola.”

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