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Liverpool set to miss out on Mkhitaryan

ESPN staff
July 5, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored 25 goals from midfield for Shakhtar last season © PA Photos
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Liverpool are prepared to admit defeat in their pursuit of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who looks likely to join Borussia Dortmund.

The Reds have long tracked the highly-rated Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker although the price has proved to be a stumbling block to concluding a deal.

New interest from Champions League finalists Dortmund has also complicated matters, and Liverpool are now likely to turn their attentions elsewhere.

The Armenia international is valued by Shakhtar at £25.5 million although Dortmund are believed to have tabled a bid of £19.5 million. Dortmund were also linked to Ajax's Christian Eriksen.

Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu warned Mkhitaryan that joining Liverpool, who are not competing in the Champions League, would be a mistake.

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