Liverpool’s Mkhitaryan deal in danger

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.”

The Mirror are reporting that a common problem with Eastern European and South American clubs is that they sometimes share ownership of players with other investing business groups.

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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