Last Updated: Sat, 06 Jul 2013 10:03
Liverpool look set to miss out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan with Borussia Dortmund set to secure a deal for the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is known to be a big fan of the 24-year-old Armenian international and has been trying to conclude a deal to sign him since the end of last season.
It had been claimed that Mkhitaryan didn't turn up for pre-season training with Shakhtar, as he looks to earn himself a move away from the Ukrainian outfit.
And, following reports that the Reds were in pole position to sign the player, German Bundesliga outfit and Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund have moved ahead of them by having a fee in the region of £21.5million accepted.
It is also being suggested that Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu advised Mkhitaryan against joining Liverpool because he wanted him to join a club which offers Champions League football and Dortmund fits that criteria.
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