Agent hands Manchester United huge boost in pursuit of star transfer target

Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan after his agent said it would be “a sin” to abandon attempts to secure his client a move to Old Trafford.

Mino Raiola remains hopeful that an agreement can be struck with Dortmund after his client signalled his desire to move to Old Trafford. Mkhitaryan has a year left on his contract and has told Dortmund he will not sign a new deal.

“It would be a sin to stop talking,” Raiola said according to The Telegraph. “I am a positive guy. If I wasn’t confident of reaching some kind of conclusion, I wouldn’t try.”

However, the Bundesliga giants are reluctant to sell Mkhitaryan, following the departures of Mats Hummels to Bayern Munich and Ilkay Gundongan to Manchester City.

Still, Dortmund have contacted Wolfsburg about Andre’ Schurrle, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio. The former Chelsea player and German international, currently playing at Euro 2016, is considered the ideal replacement for Mkhitaryan, which adds to United’s dreams about landing the Armenian playmaker.

Jose Mourinho is attempting to improve his squad after replacing Louis van Gaal. He has already signed Eric Bailly from Villarreal, subject to the Ivorian being granted a work permit and is also expected to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic once the Swede is free of his international commitments at Euro 2016.

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