Monday 23 October 2017

Liverpool miss on major summer target as Mkhitaryan signs for Dortmund

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has signed for Borussia Dortmund
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has signed for Borussia Dortmund

LIVERPOOL have missed out on one of their chief summer targets as Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Dortmund yesterday made an obligatory statement to the German stock exchange confirming they were in negotiations with Shakhtar for the Armenian attacking midfielder, but that "details still have to be resolved".


Overnight, Donetsk said the transfer was wrapped up and the 24-year-old had become a Dortmund player for a fee of £23.7 million.


"Our club thanks Henrikh for the time he spent at Shakhtar and wishes him the best of luck," read a statement on the Shakhtar website.


Mkhitaryan shot to prominence last season when he scored 12 goals in his side's first nine games of the season.


He then scored twice in his side's opening Champions League tie against FC Nordsjaelland and helped the club dispose of Chelsea in the group stage of that competition.


He made a total of 106 appearances for Shakhtar and scored 46 goals and is destined to plug the gap in the Dortmund side left by the sale of Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich.


Dortmund later confirmed the move.


"We're delighted to be able to present Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a super new signing for our attacking midfield," said Dortmund director of sport Michael Zorc.


The Westphalian club's general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke added: "It was not an easy transfer, but we desperately wanted Henrikh, and now we have him."

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