Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund have completed their third major summer signing by capturing one of Europe's most coveted players, Henrikh Mkhitaryan from FC Shakhtar Donetsk.
The attacking midfielder has signed a four-year contract, giving coach Jürgen Klopp another alternative in addition to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who joined from St. Etienne last Thursday, and will wear the No. 10 shirt vacated by Mario Götze.
Mkhitaryan has played 37 times for Armenia and hit the headlines last season by scoring 25 goals in 29 Ukrainian league games, setting a new league record in the process.
“We’re delighted to be able to present Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a super new signing for our attacking midfield,” said Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc, who flew out to Ukraine with Dortmund's general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke to seal the deal and bring the player back to Westphalia with them.
“It wasn't an easy transfer, but we desperately wanted Henrikh, and now we've got him,” said Watzke. Dortmund got a close look at the Armenian in the last-16 of last season's UEFA Champions League. The 24-year-old was a key player for Donetsk as they eliminated holders Chelsea FC on the way to that stage with Mkhitaryan featuring in all eight European matches.