Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he’s open to letting players go in the January transfer window, reports the Express.
Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this month, having struggled for form in 2017/18, and Mourinho didn’t rule out the possibility when asked if he’d consider a sale in January.
“Every player has a price. It doesn’t matter who. It doesn’t matter the level. It doesn’t matter the prestige, or the status. I am not the kind of blind manager – blind in the sense that, this player is untouchable, he can never be sold,” he said.
“So when the transfer window is open, it’s also open for any club that is interested in our players. Then it’s up to us to make the decision: yes or no. It’s up to us to make the right price.”
Mkhitaryan joined United from Borussia Dortmund for £26m in 2016, but he’s been inconsistent ever since the move, scoring and creating just 11 goals in 39 Premier League games.
Arsenal have been linked with a swap deal for the midfielder that could see Alexis Sanchez moving in the opposite direction, evidence that Mourinho is ready to let the Armenian international leave Old Trafford this month.
Mkhitaryan, contracted to United until 2020, has hardly featured in recent weeks, managing a paltry 117 minutes of playing time in the league since November 25. His only domestic goal of the campaign came in September 2017.
He’s been given only 25 minutes in the Carabao Cup this season, while making only one start in the Champions League since October last year.
Being a makeweight in a player + cash deal won’t thrill him either, but the chance for regular game time with a club who desperately wanted him in 2016 might provide him with some solace.