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.
Now German newspaper Bild report Champions League finalists Dortmund have launched a bid to sign Mkhitaryan, eyeing him as a replacement for Mario Götze, who joined Bayern Munich this summer.
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.
The Reds welcomed Belgian international goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to the club last night after he completed his switch from Sunderland.
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.
He told the club’s official website, “I’ve been told that and it’s quite a surprise to me because you see how many Belgians are playing in the Premier League today.
“It’s something to be proud of – the first Belgian to play for a big club such as Liverpool.
Delighted, very proud and priviliged to be the first Belgian signing for such a big club @LFC #YNWA Many thanks for all the reactions!
— 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.”