Swansea move for Shelvey as Dortmund make Mkhitaryan offer

Europa League bound Swansea have lined up a summer move for Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

Brian Laudrup is keen on the England under-21 midfielder and would like to bring him to the Liberty Stadium although he will have to fork out at least £5m to complete a deal.

The two clubs have opened talks for a move but with Norwich also lurking in the background Swansea will need to move fast to broker a deal.

Liverpool had initially indicated that they wanted £8m for the 21-year-old but it appears they settle for a compromise amount although any deal could be boosted with add-ons.

The inevitable departure of Shelvey is the latest piece in the Brendan Rodgers summer Anfield shake up with the player, who does not figure in Liverpool’s plan for the coming season, set to follow Andy Carroll out the exit door.

The 21 year old made 18 starts in all competitions last season excelling in the club’s Europa League campaign where he scored 4 goals in 10 games. His early season form led to a call up and first England cap but his form tapered off in the second half of the season as he struggled to force his way into the Liverpool midfield.

Meanwhile Liverpool’s move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. as run into trouble after it emerged that Borussia Dortmund have bid £19.5m for the Armenian International.

Mkhitaryan had emerged as the club’s top target this summer but a deal has been slow to materialise. The 24 year old has reportedly gone AWOL from the Ukrainian side after failing to report for pre-season training and was reportedly spotted in a London hotel earlier this week.

Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin, speaking to the Sun Newspaper, said: ‘I don’t know where Mkhitaryan is, now; solely his agent knows this. Borussia offered £19.5m. We are prepared to sell Mkhitaryan for £25m; this offer stands for the next 10 days.’

Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City have also been linked with a move for the player but for now Dortmund have moved into pole position.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.