Original Image: BBC

Original Image: BBC

After it emerged that Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Mkhitaryan failed to turn up to pre-season training after the summer break, speculation began over the future of the highly sort-after player.

 

Mkhitaryan who was the Ukraine club’s leading top-flight scorer last season with 38 goals in 72 league appearances has been heavily linked with a move to the English Premier League after sparking interest from Brendan Rogers’ Liverpool, who have shown the desire to build upon an unconvincing campaign last season to push for a place in the Champions League this time round.

 

Brendan Rogers has identified the 24-year-old Armenian as a ‘Top Priority’ and having already signed Simon Mignolet (Sunderland) Lago Aspas (Celta Vigo) Luis Alberto (Seville) and Kolo Toure (Manchester City) Liverpool have certainly started the transfer window with the intent the bring players in early to have the best chance to work with each other in pre-season games.

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Until recently Liverpool had been the dominant team in lengthy discussions with the third parties for the signature of the Ukrainian and it had also been reported that the player himself preferred a move to the club, however it has been Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund who entered the race at the later stages.  With both Liverpool and Dortmund coming to an agreement with his club Shakhtar for the Midfielder, Dortmund were able to speak personally with the player (which is something Liverpool never had the chance to do) and it is believed Dortmund came to an agreement with all parties for a fee of 27.5 Million Euros.

 

This is obviously a huge blow for Liverpool who a looking to add a midfielder who can prolifically find the back of the net from distance, and add to the likes of Suarez and Sturridge to notch up their goal tally for the coming season. It has very much been a philosophy of Brendan Rogers to play more attacking football since he joined the club in the summer of 2012.

 

It is now thought that Liverpool will concentrate on the pursuit of Christian Eriksen of Ajax to strengthen their Midfield role.

 

 

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