Manchester United are prepared to offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Borussia Dortmund, but he wants to remain in England, potentially paving the way for an Arsenal approach?

Mkhitaryan is having a tough season at United and could look for a move during the January transfer window. According to the Express, United are looking to loan the Armenian back to former club Borussia Dortmund.

However, the player himself would prefer to stay in the Premier League. “Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been told he can leave Manchester United with the club already offering the Armenian to former club Borussia Dortmund,” said transfer expert Lee Price.

“They are readying a loan bid next month – with a view to a permanent switch worth less than half the £27million United paid barely 18 months ago. However, the playmaker is said to be baffled by his treatment at the hands of Jose Mourinho.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United ahead of the UEFA Champions League group A match between Manchester United and SL Benfica at Old Trafford on October 31, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“He prefers to remain in the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Tottenham potential destinations. He is keen on a move down to London as opposed to a switch back to Germany.

“With Mesut Ozil earmarked to take his spot in the team, Mkhitaryan could be offered as part of the deal for the German, though Mourinho is known to prefer to sell him overseas.”

Arsenal were linked with Mkhitaryan before his move to United, but nothing happened. That he’s being linked with the club now is a legacy of that earlier interest, and his previous revelation that he grew up an Arsenal fan.

The 28-year-old is an excellent player when he’s on top of his game. However, he seems to be a difficult player to manage due to his inconsistency and fragile confidence.

The link with Arsenal is dependent on Mesut Ozil leaving the club either in January or the summer. But should the German not leave the club, Arsenal might not have a need for Mkhitaryan.

The Gunners could strengthen their attack, but may look for younger and more reliable options.