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BVB submit €23m bid for Mkhitaryan; Felipe Anderson nears Lazio move

FC Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin has revealed Borussia Dortmund have made a €23 million bid to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin has revealed UEFA Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund have made a €23 million bid to sign reported Liverpool F.C. summer target Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sky Sports understands.

Yesterday, Mkhitaryan, 24, failed to report to pre-season training with Shakhtar, fueling speculation linking him with a summer move to Liverpool.

However, Liverpool have yet to submit an offer to Shakhtar Donetsk for Mkhitaryan, while the Ukrainian Premier League giants are reportedly seeking €30 million for the highly-rated Armenia international.

“I don’t know where Mkhitaryan is now, solely his agent knows this,” said Palkin.

“Borussia offered €23m (£19.5m) for the midfielder. I contacted Mkhitaryan’s agent yesterday. I wrote to him about the official position of the club.

“We are prepared to sell Mkhitaryan for €30m (£25m), this offer stands for the next 10 days. If Mkhitaryan wishes to leave, they have to pay this amount for him.

“€30m, one installment. If there is a club that can pay that amount, we are ready to make a deal.”

Mkhitaryan, who has won 39 international caps for Armenia, scored 29 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions for Shakhtar Donetsk last season.

In other news, FC Shakhtar Donetsk have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos, commonly known as Fred, from Brasileiro side SC Internacional for a reported fee of €15 million, UEFA.com reports.

The 20-year-old ace, who bagged seven goals in 33 league appearances for Internacional last term, has signed a five-year deal at the Donbass Arena.

“I know Shakhtar very well, they are a huge club. I have followed their progress in Europe and am very happy to make the move,” said Fred.

Felipe Anderson nears Lazio move

S.S. Lazio are on the verge of signing Brazil Under-20 international midfielder Felipe Anderson from Santos FC, according to Sky Sports.

Felipe Anderson, 20, is expected to move to the Stadio Olimpico on a five-year contract for a reported fee of €7.8 million.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder is co-owned by UK-based private investment group Doyen Group, who previously help up transfer talks for the Brazil youth international.

Santos FC president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro has revealed the deal is all but finalised and that English group never obstructed transfer negotiations.

“There are only few bureaucracy details to be defined,” Ribeiro told Lancenet.

“Santos had to define a few limits for the payments and closed only when it seemed right.

“The English fund is a partner of us and never stood in the way if the negotiation.”

Felipe has made 21 first-team appearances for Santos this season after netting seven times in 51 competitive appearances last term.

Wed 26 June, 2013
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