Liverpool have £15million bid accepted for Henrikh Mkhitaryan - reports
Liverpool are preparing to discuss personal terms with the representatives of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, after Dortmund accepted a £15 million bid.
That’s according to the Daily Express, anyway, who claim that the Armenian international is struck by the idea of joining the club before the transfer window shuts.
Rumours have increased in the wake of some comments made by his agent, who talked up the potential of the transfer.
"Henrikh wants to leave Dortmund at the end of the season. We will have to wait and see what we can do," he said.
Given this kind of talk, it is unsurprising that Dortmund may be tempted in cashing in on the player, who moved to the club from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.
A move for Mkhitaryan would meanwhile end any Liverpool interest in Asier Illarramendi.
Liverpool have long been keen on the 25 year old defensive midfielder, but it is highly unlikely that the Liverpool board will sanction two big money moves before the window shuts, especially as their summer spending is already in excess of £67 million.
One man who is said to be particularly disappointed by this latest development is former Everton manager David Moyes, who may now be expected to say Illarramendi’s name in a press conference again.
Earlier this week, Watford emerged as a shock potential location for wantaway Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli, whose Liverpool career looks to be over after the club’s heavy investment in a bevy of attacking options.
However Quique Flores, the Watford manager, has ruled out a move for the Italian international.
"We haven't talked for any moment about Mario," he said.
"It's more a possibility for the media than for the club. We have had no conversation."
This refusal appears to leave Balotelli short of options. A number of mid-table Italian clubs were interested in taking him on, but cannot afford his wages.
The Italian tendency to want to sign players on loan before making the deal permanent is also a problem, with Liverpool determined to get Balotelli off their wage bill as quickly as possible.