Russian newspaper Izvestia has on Thursday evening published a lengthy update into the future of Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Here are the key points from their article, which can be read in full on the link above.
- Russian club Anzhi Machachkala have joined the race for his signature, telling Shakhtar earlier this month they will offer €35 million for his services.
- Mkhitaryan and Shakhtar are still yet to respond, with believed third party ownership complicating matters.
- The paper writes the player has 'stated that his dream to pursue a career in the English Premier League.'
- There is also a concrete proposal from Liverpool on the table, but Shakhtar are again yet to agree to the offer.
It appears the pressure on the player and Shakhtar is really cranking up. We drew parallels yesterday with Mkhitaryan's situation, going AWOL, to that of former Shakhtar player Willian - who ended up at Anzhi in a €30 million deal.
Willian had also made noises about dreaming of England, Chelsea or Tottenham in particular, only for these words to be proved hollow.
It is good news for Liverpool that Shakhtar have not immediately snapped Anzhi's hand off with their substantial approach, which was claimed to have been made at a private meeting with club representatives earlier in the month.
Izvestia write that if the deal with Liverpool falls through, that we should not be surprised to see him switch to Russia, and the threat is still there, despite initial signs that his mind is set on a move to Anfield.
The developments are certainly interesting for the neutral, but perhaps not so for Liverpool fans desperate for their side to close the deal for the talented attacking midfielder from Armenia.
Dortmund are also claimed to be in the hunt, while reports last night claimed the Reds had been set a deadline of 10 days to agree terms with Shakhtar, with a £25.5 million fee apparently set by the club.
Call us cynics, but could the leaked news of Anzhi's 'offer' simply be a ruse to pile the pressure on Liverpool and get them to up their bid?
Let us know what you think about the report...
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