For the past week Liverpool FC have been strongly linked with snapping up Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan and at many points the deal has looked done.
You can understand why they are after the man dubbed ‘the Armenian Zidane’. The attacking midfielder has had a stunning season in Ukraine; bagging 25 goals in 29 matches from his position behind the striker and his excellent campaign culminated in a one-man demolition of Denmark as Armenia thrashed the Danes on home soil.
But Liverpool are not the only team obviously attracted by this wonderful 24-year-old magician. Anzhi Makhachkala and Tottenham Hotspur were also recently linked with the player but Borussia Dortmund are considered to be The Reds main rival for his services.
One thing for sure is that Mkhitaryan wants an exit. He has failed to turn up for the Ukrainian champions summer training camp and is reportedly still in Yerevan deciding on his future.
Which, according to who you believe, has two differing confirmed destinations.
Reports in Russia would lead you to believe that a fee of £25 million has been confirmed for the player with Liverpool. It was suggested yesterday that he will fly out of Armenia for Liverpool within the next 72 hours in order to sign on the dotted line and complete a medical; becoming a Liverpool player in the process.
However if you think that is the end of it you have another thing coming; because over here in the UK we feel slightly different about his next location.
According to The Independent the playmaker has actually decided that his future lies with Borussia Dortmund as the permanent replacement for Mario Gotze of Bayern Munich.
A fee of around £20 million will take the talent to the Bundesliga leaving Liverpool dumbfounded in what looked a simple pursuit.
This story comes courtesy of Sam Wallace, the papers Chief Football Correspondent, and he usually gets his information right so perhaps you are more inclined to believe him rather than the report of an obscure Russian site you may never have heard of.
And if you do then unfortunately you are resigning yourself to the thought of not having Mkhitaryan in your team next season.
But the writer of the report is Artur Petrosyan who is the Editor-In-Chief at the site and specialises in Liverpool FC.
And according to his Twitter Liverpool fans should remain optimistic....
When Henrikh signs for #LFC I'll say what other English club were after him and you all will be proud of him.— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) June 24, 2013
Also I'm worried, how a young lad without a girlfriend coming from a far, far land is supposed to get one if he has to wear that away kit?!— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) June 28, 2013
Modern journalism: Bild makes up a story, Independent steals it, Bild quotes it.— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) June 29, 2013
But if his move to Borussia Dortmund is the real destination you can be sure one man will be thoroughly pleased.
Paul Merson; imagine him trying to spit that one out on Gillette Soccer Saturday?
Which report do you believe? Mkhitaryan to Liverpool or Dortmund?
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