In one of the more exciting and perhaps drawn out transfer this summer, Liverpool’s pursuit of Henrikh Mkhitaryan could soon be coming to an end.
In the last 24 hours there have been a number of developments which could pave the way for the protracted transfer to be finalised.
The least accurate of these were reports emanating from Eastern Europe claiming that the Anfield side has finally reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of the Armenian star.
Russian sports site Sovsport.ru quoted an unnamed source as saying that “Liverpool have agreed on Mkhitaryan’s transfer and will pay £20 million for the player,”
This was then followed on Monday evening (24th June) by the more reliable Artur Petrosyan of the Sport-Express.ru.
The editor-in-Chief of Sports-Express.ru has been tweeting regular updates through the saga and his latest tweets suggest that Liverpool is close to a deal and that others in England are keen on the midfielder.
The journalist tweeted “When Henrikh signs for #LFC I’ll say what other English club were after him and you all will be proud of him. I hope I was right using “when” instead of “if”. Can’t add anything else for now, let’s cross fingers and wait.
However at this point there is still no official information about this news from either Liverpool or Donetsk.
However more significantly was the overnight news from Brazil claiming that Shakhtar has reached an agreement with Internacional for attacking midfielder Fred.
Not to be confused with the striker with the Brazilian National team at the Confederation cup, Fred is a 20 year old midfielder. The 5ft 7” attacker is reported to have agreed a 5 year deal and will cost in the region of €15 million.
Fred’s agent Assis confirmed to Globo Esporte that a deal was close, saying: “The deal is well underway, he will probably travel on Sunday.”
Fred would be a direct replacement for Mkhitaryan and should a move be completed by the weekend then it would pave the way for the Armenian International to leave for England.
Although even with this positive news it would seem that there are still a number of issues to be resolved before a transfer can happen with the ownership issue and transfer fee the main stumbling blocks.
However with Liverpool moving with speed in the transfer window and working to get their top targets as fast as possible a deal could be struck in the coming week.