Borussia Dortmund Announce Agreement for Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Michael Steele

Liverpool's most sought-after player to this point in the transfer window is close to being a Dortmund player, with the German club announcing that they've agreed a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk.

We can finally, actually, officially--I think--wave goodbye to the hopes that Henrikh Mkhitaryan would end up at Liverpool if we hadn't already. Even after Shakhtar Donetsk confirmed that they had accepted an offer from Dortmund for the player, there were rumblings that Liverpool swooped in at the last minute to match the German club's financial approach. That turns out to all be for naught or just a made-up thing, as today Dortmund officially announced that they had agreed a deal for the Armenian midfielder's services, with only minor details left to be settled.

From the official Dortmund website:

Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA and FC Shakhtar Donetsk have agreed the transfer to Borussia Dortmund of Armenian national team player 'Henrikh Mkhitaryan', born on 21 January 1989. Borussia Dortmund and the player have reached a general agreement on the economic terms and conditions for a professional player employment contract with a term until 30 June 2017. Details are still to be agreed.

That's that barring some last-second sorcery or complications involving Mino Raiola, and we can move on to whatever else the summer has in store for Liverpool's transfer dealings. Good luck to Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who we now won't hear much about (unless you also follow Dortmund). Given how complex and ultimately disappointing this deal ended up being, that's not a bad thing.

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