Liverpool’s proposed summer swoop for £23m-rated Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, has been thrown into doubt after reports have emerged that Donetsk are not sole owners of the player.
The Reds have subsequently released a statement making clear: “There are no plans for a medical for the player.”
This is exactly what has happened with Mkhitaryan, and negotiations with a third party have proved elusive for manager Brendan Rodgers and his staff.
The Reds thought they had secured a deal with Shakhtar for the attacking midfielder, as did the player who was ready to board a flight headed for Merseyside to conduct his medical. However it has transpired that the confusion surrounding the 24-year-old Armenian’s ownership has scuppered his chances of a move. It is a setback that will come as an annoyance more than anything for Liverpool as Mkhitaryan’s arrival was set to spark their big summer reshuffle.
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