While convoluted player transfers like the one currently embroiling Henrikh Mkhitaryan are confusing for everyone trying to keep a handle on the various “sure things”, the News Desk is left to wonder if it’s just as bad for the players involved.
Just over the weekend, the Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder has had a host of destinations on the horizon after Chief Executive Sergei Palkin confirmed that he would be allowed to leave for the princely price of £25mil. Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund had a opening bid of £19.5mil rejected before Tottenham Hotspur and big spending Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala came out of the woodwork to complicate matters further; despite the increased interest, Liverpool still seem to be the frontrunners for the Armenians signature.
Russia Today reporter Alexey Yaroshevsky — who correctly confirmed the departures of Fernandinho and Willian before the deals were announced — claims that Liverpool have won the race to sign the highly rated attacker and that a deal will be completed subject to a successful medical. Other sources in Russia are also reporting that a fee of £25.6mil has been agreed between the two clubs and that Mkhitaryan — who scored 25 league goals last time out — will be unveiled as a Liverpool player in the coming days; still, there’s a need to stay pragmatic despite the positive signs with reports conflicting reports that conflict other reports. Best to take an Ativan or two, cross your fingers and ponder the future of Jay Spearing, who has been linked with a move to Wigan Athletic, instead.