Liverpool have lost out in the race for Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The 24-year-old was one of the clubs major transfer targets for this season and last weekend it was reported he had decided he wanted a move to Anfield.
However there were always conflicting reports’ regarding the interest of German outfit Borussia Dortmund; and it appears the lure of Champions League football may have outdone the lure of Anfield on this occasion; although reports suggest that Liverpool never actually got to the stage of negotiating with the player.
Borussia Dortmund have signed the player as a replacement for Mario Gotze, who joined Bayern Munich this summer, with a fee in the region of £21.5 million being confirmed on Friday evening.
The Swans and the Dutch outfit have been at loggerheads over the past couple of days as it is reported the Eredivisie side moved the goalposts in regards to his transfer fee this summer.
Liverpool are now said to be closely monitoring the situation of a player who was once on trial at the club as a teenager. West Ham and Everton are also ready to rival Swansea after their bid for the Ivorian international stalled.
Earlier in the summer Liverpool were linked with a move for Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic but that is now no longer a possibility.
The young Spaniard is looking to finally kick-start his once promising career with a stint in Holland with Ajax. He has signed a season-long loan deal in Amsterdam which he will hope to extend to another year and eventual permanent transfer should his inaugural campaign prove a success.
Bojan has recently had two unimpressive loan stints in Italy with AS Roma and AC Milan.
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