Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their hopes to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with German giants Borussia Dortmund launching a £25million bid for the Armenian.
The Reds have been heavily linked with the 24-year-old this summer, but negotiations have been reported to be complex owing to the attacker’s contractual ownership arrangement.
On Tuesday Shakhtar Donetsk denied they had struck a deal with Liverpool for Mkhitaryan, and did not know why he failed to report back for pre-season training on Monday.
However, The Times report that Liverpool are stil hopeful on a deal being made.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have been busy unveiling their fourth signing of the summer.
In among the obligatory new player tour of Melwood photoshoot, Mignolet spoke of his proudness at being the first Belgian to sign for the Reds.
“It’s something to be proud of – the first Belgian to play for a big club such as Liverpool.
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) June 25, 2013
“It’s a big club and when you arrive it’s a big thing. I’m very pleased to be here and I’m looking forward to getting started. The first training [session] will be very early and I’ll be happy to be there.
“I tried to keep this as quiet as I could because there are a lot of things that have to be finalised before you sign. I kept it quiet because I know my friends and family, they’d get excited. But they’re happy and hopefully they can come over for a lot of the games. I think they will be proud.”