Liverpool and Spurs lose out in race for £20m midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan

 

Chief Football Correspondent

The much sought-after Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Shakhtar Donetsk looks likely to join Borussia Dortmund, leaving Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool disappointed.

The 24-year-old suited the profile of players both Premier League clubs seek to sign – young and with the potential to increase in value – even with a £20m price tag on him. While Liverpool’s pursuit of him has been well-chronicled, Spurs also made significant efforts to do a deal for the player.

Mkhitaryan is involved with the Italian-Dutch agent Mino Raiola, who also represents Martin Jol, Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Spurs were unable to come to an agreement for the player, who is also keen on the Champions League football that Dortmund can offer. Mkhitaryan missed the start of a training camp this month with Shakhtar, who have already sold the Brazilians Fernandinho and Willian this summer.

Spurs’ deal to sign the Brazil international Paulinho for £17m is all but complete. The player will have a medical next week after the Confederations Cup final tomorrow and is expected to complete his move from Corinthians once it is complete.

Spurs will listen to offers for Tom Huddlestone, who is interesting Sunderland, Scott Parker, Jake Livermore and Benoît Assou-Ekotto.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'