Liverpool appear to have missed out on one of their biggest transfer targets of the summer; as Henrikh Mkhitaryan has reportedly agreed a move to Borussia Dortmund.
Contrary to previous reports from Russia it is now claimed that the Armenian never actually had the chance to speak to Liverpool over a potential Merseyside move. His previous club Shakhtar Donetsk informed Liverpool on Friday evening that the object of their affections would be joining the Bundesliga and Champions League runners-up for next season.
For Dortmund it is an excellent signing. The 24-year-old looked an excellent talent in the Champions League last season and dare I say he reminded me of a slightly fitter Matthew Le Tissier in playing style.
He will go a long way toward replacing Mario Gotze; who has of course moved to Bayern Munich this summer.
The fee to snare the ‘Armenian Zidane’ away from the Ukrainian champions was £21.5 million; a sizeable fee.
So what should Liverpool now do with that cash?
Sign a replacement for Jamie Carragher
They could splurge all that money on a top quality replacement for the legend and Liverpool icon who retired at the end of last season.
That sort of money would easily snap them up a top talent the likes of Mamadou Sakho, Micah Richards or whoever else takes their fancy this summer.
Or they could waste half that money on Ashley Williams and keep the rest for a more reasonable signing.
Sign a left-back
The club seem short of options on the left side of their defence with Jose Enrique and auxiliary-mode Glen Johnson their current choices.
Jack Robinson doesn’t seem up to the task so finding someone else to provide competition in the position should prevent us ever seeing Daniel Agger asked to do the job again.
Lucas Digne’s move to Monaco continues to falter so Liverpool could swoop for an old target.
Bring in Bony
Reports this morning suggest that Liverpool are ready to join the race for Ivorian Wilfried Bony. The Vitesse Arnhem striker had a trial at Melwood as a teen but has come on leaps and bounds since then.
Now he is a potent goalscorer with bags of potential; and Swansea’s bid has hit the skids.
Put the cash in a rainy day fund; maybe spend a little on bringing in some more young talent and just keep the rest for when times are hard on Merseyside.
Sell Suarez and buy a super striker!
They could sell Luis Suarez for £50 million and combine the totals to have £70 million in the kitty.
Who knows who they could sign as his replacement with that cash on the table?
What do you think Liverpool should do with the money put aside for the Mkhitaryan deal?
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