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Report: Henrikh Mkhitaryan flying in for Liverpool medical as £25m move edges nearer

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Armenian international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will undergo a medical at Liverpool in the next couple of days to complete his switch from Shakhtar Donetsk, according to reports in Eastern Europe.

Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, one of the world’s largest news agencies, is reporting tonight (Monday) that the 24-year-old is set to fly to Merseyside to undergo the medical and put pen to paper on the move to Anfield.

The news agency reports (translated):

Mkhitaryan will fly to England. Liverpool will officially announce the signing of the contract with the player towards the end of the week. The amount of compensation for the top scorer in the Championship of Ukraine will be about €30million [around £25million].

Speculation has increased in recent days around Liverpool’s move for Mkhitaryan, with reports this morning suggesting the Reds had launched a bid which had triggered a release clause in his Shakhtar contract.

On Saturday night, news agency Bloomberg reported that Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre had cancelled a trip to a football economics conference in Brazil in favour of finalising a deal for Mkhitaryan.

There had been fresh doubt on Liverpool’s ability to attract the attacking midfielder, who scored 25 goals in the Ukranaian Premier League last season, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Juventus also interested.

However, Dortmund are reported to be signing Christian Eriksen, and with these reports that Mkhitaryan is set to undergo a medical at Melwood shortly, a move to the Reds could be imminent.

The signing of Mkhitaryan would undoubtedly be Liverpool’s ‘marquee signing’ of the summer and some have suggested it may be enough to convince Luis Suarez to stay at Liverpool, rather than ply for the move to Real Madrid he has hinted this summer. Initial reports linking Liverpool with Mkhitaryan last month suggested he was a transfer target irrespective of Suarez’s future.

Earlier today, we brought you a comprehensive report on how Mkhitaryan would benefit Liverpool should he sign.

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  • liverpool4life565

    If this true then brilliant signing. Rodgers is bringing in good players!:-D

    • Gano1

      Bloody hell FSG are flexing their muscles aren’t they!!!

      • anteater

        Just don’t tell Jason over at Liverpool-Kop :-)

        • DerBaumMann

          He’s here too – you’re never safe from Jason ;)
          nah just kidding

          • anteater

            If I had the choice, I’d gladly take Jason over that Enzo guy who’s posting here, too.

          • DerBaumMann

            i´d take jason over most of the others , hes a good guy :)

          • anteater

            He probably is, yes.

  • Gano1

    Wow this would be a stunner deal, this fella is business, the Russian news agency has confirmed it all.

    • BeReal

      I hope this is meant in jest. If so…bravo. haha

  • Gray

    Hope its true, we could have some midfield next season.

    • Gray

      Having said that, if he sees our away kit he might think…f*ck im not gonna be seen playing in that!

  • anteater

    While I have had some doubts as I know nothing more than his stats (everybody can look good on YouTube), I really get excited about this by now. Our scouting department seems to be worth their wages, if the reports I’ve read about Mkhitaryan are really true.

    • Gano1

      The boys from Man City (scouts), have done very well since January, some quality players on the radar.

      • anteater

        Absolutely. I’ve seen a graphic showing our entire scouting team the other day. It’s not only the Man City guys. Credit where credit is due.

    • http://enzogiovanni.blogspot.com/ Enzo Giovanni

      It is really not that difficult to “discover” the armenian, he has been a star for some time now.
      It’s like praising scouts for discovering Falcao in 2013. Really tough job.

      • Rak S

        Errr… claiming that that Mkhitaryan is of a similar profile to Falcao is ludicrous and clearly a huge over exaggeration. Yes, they both played in European competition last season, but that’s about the only similarity.

        Falcao played for a bigger team, in a bigger league, was one of the top scorers in that league and plays for a higher-profile national team. He attracted attention, in the £50m price range, from the richest clubs in the world.

        Mkhitaryan is not an unknown player, but he’s certainly not a ‘ready made’ star, like Falcao.

      • anteater

        He’s been a star in a not so strong league. Should he really be able to transform his fine form there to a stronger league, then credit has to go to those scouting him.

  • redgeorge

    We haven’t got him yet, hold your fire until then!

  • David Cannon

    Mkhitaryan would be an amazing signing if this one come off I’ll be over the moon

  • http://enzogiovanni.blogspot.com/ Enzo Giovanni

    Nice move from the armenian. Instead of signing for a TOP club with ambitions of winning trophies he is choosing to live in mediocrity and fight (maybe) for the 4th spot in the Premier League.
    Intelligent move.

    • liverpool4life565

      Or he joining a club which wants to build to challenge for trophies. So don’t troll to much.

      • http://enzogiovanni.blogspot.com/ Enzo Giovanni

        The year Liverpool will be challenging for trophies the Armenian will be an old man who just realized he wasted a lot of opportunities in life.
        There is no trolling, just stating the FACTS.

        • liverpool4life565

          That’s your opinion, not a fact :-) how can it be facts? When it hasn’t happened? and you are trolling, you don’t support liverpool yet on a Liverpool site. :-)

          • http://enzogiovanni.blogspot.com/ Enzo Giovanni

            Well mate, Liverpool challenging for any significant title in the near future is as likely as me winning Wimbledon in that same timeframe. Everything in life is possible right? Wrong. That will not happen and you very well know it. Everybody knows it with the exception of Mhiktaryan. If Liverpool does not by holy miracle invest some 250 milion pounds for players in the near future there is no damn way you can ever finish higher than third in the league. I think we may agree that miracles don’t happen. To conclude, mine is not an opinion, it is a fact supported by solid evidence.

            And no, not being a Liverpool supporter on a Liverpool site does not automatically mean trolling. I was just simply commenting on the Armenian, who was at one point a substitute for my team’s main transfer target Stevan Joveti?.

            Cheers,

          • liverpool4life565

            Tbh, I couldn’t give a a flying f*ck what you think, he coming in for a medical, that’s all I care about, you build a team it doesn’t happen In a day :) now ciao :-)

          • http://enzogiovanni.blogspot.com/ Enzo Giovanni

            For Liverpool apparently it doesn’t happen in 4 years. And it won’t happen in the next 4 either. Sorry pal.

          • liverpool4life565

            Yawn. Shoo.

          • imoff

            As far as i know Liverpool is a professional Football Club ,unfortunately can’t say the same about you being a tennis pro .

          • Gray

            Who do you support?

          • http://enzogiovanni.blogspot.com/ Enzo Giovanni

            Juventus.

          • anteater

            I don’t envy that club for supporters like him.

          • Rak S

            In 2006, when Juve had just been relegated to Serie B, with a further 30 point deduction for their “indiscretions” many a Juve fan might have thought the same. Now look where they are!

            Are you seriously trying to say that Liverpool now are in a worse position than Juve were, back then?

          • http://enzogiovanni.blogspot.com/ Enzo Giovanni

            There is a drastic difference. Juventus was forcibly removed from the Serie A due to a juidical massacre never ever seen in professional sports that had nothing to do with the pitch. Liverpool is finishing 6,7,8,9 in the PL solely on it’s own “merit”. Your team is what it is and, honestly, unless you start spending hundreds of millions the future doues not look bright. My 2 cents.

          • theoneandonly

            forcibly removed thats a interesting way to look atthe henious acactionur club undertook to gain a unfair advantage over far more superior teams than juve, and u have the stupidity to make statements about our club, run along son people must be waiting for their pizza

          • http://enzogiovanni.blogspot.com/ Enzo Giovanni

            Shut it please you ignorant. I don’t have time to school you in FACTS. Educate yourself and then come back to discuss. Thanks.

          • Rak S

            Yes, Juve were relegated for ‘off the pitch’ matters but as a result, their first team were decimated. Cannavaro, Thuram and Ibra to name but few. Buffon stayed but I can’t remember too many others.

            I would say that relatively speaking, our squad is stronger than the post-relegation Juve. Agreed?
            The only difference is that the PL is a much stronger league over all, with many more teams competing for top spot, with a lot of money where as Juve are still (imo) the biggest club in Italy, with very few able to compete with them financially.
            Even Spurs, who have derived very little Champions League income, are able to compete by buying smart and nurturing young talent correctly. Why can’t Liverpool take this route?

          • http://enzogiovanni.blogspot.com/ Enzo Giovanni

            Yes, Juve were relegated for ‘off the pitch’ matters but as a result, their first team were decimated. Cannavaro, Thuram and Ibra to name but few. Buffon stayed but I can’t remember too many others.

            I would say that relatively speaking, our squad is stronger than the post-relegation Juve. Agreed?

            No. Sorry but Juve-post relegation was far far far superior to this Liverpool.
            Cannavaro, THuram, Ibrahimov?, Zambrotta, Emerson and Viera left beacuse of the forced relgation. But you must remember that Juventus still had 5 World Champions along with excellent internationals such as Nedved, Trezeguet, Kova?, Bojinov, Zalayeta, and new emerging players such as Marchisio, Chiellini and others. The season we returned in Serie A the squad was further strengthened with Salihamidži?, world champion Iaquinta, Jorge Andrade, Tiago and Almiron. We finished second in the league. That Juve would crush this Liverpool without any problems.

            The only difference is that the PL is a much stronger league over all, with many more teams competing for top spot, with a lot of money where as Juve are still (imo) the biggest club in Italy, with very few able to compete with them financially.
            Even Spurs, who have derived very little Champions League income, are able to compete by buying smart and nurturing young talent correctly. Why can’t Liverpool take this route?

            This is a whole another matter worth of a separate discussion. However, Tottenham’s ceiling is securing the 4th sport for the Champions League and that is exactly what I wrote in my first comment here: Mkhitaryan in Liverpool will be fighting at best to finish 4th. It is really a no brainer.
            Cheers,

          • Rak S

            No point in talking about players you bought after you retuned to Serie A. That’s not the comparison I was making and I doubt any Juve official or fan was looking into their Chrystal ball looking for players to buy 1 year later.

            Most of those players were at the end of their careers. Trezeget, Del Piero and Nedved were far from their peaks. Trez had one good season back in Serie A but then dropped off the radar.
            Zambrotta and Buffon were still strong, however.

            Bojinov… Are you kidding me? How many goals did he score in Serie B?
            Zalayeta… Mr ‘Lone-a-striker” Come on… You’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel here. How many game did he play (for Juve) in 10 years?
            Marchisio and Chiellini were both pretty young at that time. Able to live with Suarez, Sturidge and Coutinho… I doubt it.

            Anyway “far, far, far superior” is another huge exaggeration… I’m sensing a pattern here ;-)

            At the end of the day, if FFP ends up being implemented as it should be, Liverpool will be able to compete with the biggest clubs, at home and abroad. I agree it will be difficult but not impossible.
            You’re also assuming that clubs like Spurs, Chelsea, United etc. don’t have bad seasons. If we get into the CL one season, and invest wisely, all of a sudden things can change quickly. Chelsea almost didn’t get into the CL the season before last. That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be able to spend Roman’s money any more, but all of a sudden, Spurs could have had an extra £30m (and CL football) to attract big-name players.

            It’s possible and realistic… You should be able to acknowledge that.

          • anteater

            I can see where you’re coming from. It’s the current zeitgeist of our rich and successful people. Money is all that matters.
            I disagree with that view. Successful teams can be built without outspending every other club. Outspending every other club on the other hand does not guarantee success.

          • http://enzogiovanni.blogspot.com/ Enzo Giovanni

            YOu don’t see that. My team is Juventus, known for decades as a team who is capable of building trophy challenging teams and making money, or at least have a neutral balance sheet. I know very well what it takes to win and I honestly believe Liverpool, at this moment, doesn’t have what it takes.

          • anteater

            I’ve met some really nice folk who support Juve, and Italians in general, starting in my childhood! And then I met you. You are a shame to the Italians I’ve met until today.

            I think most Liverpool supporters are open to discussion with fans from other clubs, but you come across so unbelievably arrogant, you better jog off. Your club bribed referees, or why were they relegated to the second division. You should come down your high horse. Hasn’t Fiat pumped a lot of money into your club over the years? You are no better than Bayer Leverkusen, or Wolfsburg, only that VW build better cars than Fiat.

            I actually don’t think that many, if any Liverpool supporter think that we are strong enough now to win the league, but we have hope in our hearts and we try to build something. Others did that, too. You wouldn’t post such silly comments about hundreds of millions, if you really knew what it takes to win. Have fun with the zeitgeist. It is actually dying right now, your banks had to be saved from going bust and so on.

            Avanti o popolo, alla riscossa,Bandiera rossa, Bandiera rossa.Avanti o popolo, alla riscossa,Bandiera rossa trionferà.

          • http://enzogiovanni.blogspot.com/ Enzo Giovanni

            Educate yourself about Calciopoli you ignorant fool and then come back to discuss seriously. Farewell,

          • anteater

            You didn’t come here to discuss seriously. You came here, as it says on your profile “to smack idiot on the internet”. Well, I’ve seen a few idiots in my time and I’d suggest that you start smacking yourself first.

            No, I won’t educate me about how your club bought the title. And I’ve suggested as much when I wrote “or why were they relegated”. Learn to read and stop giving Italians a bad name. You should be ashamed of yourself.

          • DerBaumMann

            spot on mate!

            i would be really ashamed if i see a liverpool fan posting similar comments like this enzo at another clubs blog/forum…

            Besser hätte man es ihm nicht sagen können – so was muss man sich doch wirklich nicht bieten lassen ;)

          • anteater

            Thanks!

    • Robbie_Fowler

      PL 4 is not a surprise from Lucano Moggi!

      • http://enzogiovanni.blogspot.com/ Enzo Giovanni

        Moggi is the best this that ever happened to us.

        • Robbie_Fowler

          exactly and the Seria B also!

  • nWo Wolfpac: Big NICKY™

    Welcome to Liverpool Henrikh,

    Y.N.W.A

  • frankthanakorn

    I like this player but it’s too expensive . I think Liverpool can buy not over 20 million.

  • El_Skittles

    Exciting signing for sure – now there’s a plethora of attacking options (even if Suarez goes); but IMO the team is a bit unbalanced – I’d like to see the backline and the defensive midfield be reinforced.

  • http://enzogiovanni.blogspot.com/ Enzo Giovanni

    Nice arguments. I laughed. Hard.