Dortmund challenge Liverpool in the race for Mkhitaryan, Borussia may bid €25m

German newspaper Bild are running a story in their Wednesday edition reporting that Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund have entered the race to sign Armenian midfielder Mkhitaryan and the Bundesliga powerhouse are ready to offer €25 million to secure the deal.

So will Dortmund acquire the Armenian? It all could depend on Christian Eriksen.

The side from Westphalia are well known admirers of Ajax and Denmark’s star playmaker, and for much of the summer rumours have been circling that Eriksen is poised to join the 2012 Champions League runners-up. Not deal has yet transpired.

That said, Dortmund are definitely in the market for attacking midfielder after Mario Gotze joined Bayern Munich, but few believe that Borussia would sign both Eriksen and Mkhitaryan. It’s likely to be one or the other, writes

The story in Bild caps a week in which LIverpool’s pursuit of Mkhitaryan has appeared more distant by the day.

Last Thursday it looked iron-clad that the Armenian was on his way to Anfield, but stories of a medical quickly turned out to be guff, and that was followed by a statement by the player on his Facebook page in which Mkhitaryan called for everyone to stop spreading rumours about his current situation, noting that all kinds of rubbish have been promulgated in the media through unreliable sources.

Yesterday the storys urrounding Mkhitaryan took another turn when Shakthar announced the player was AWOL.

Shakhtar Donetsk general manager Sergey Palkin was quoted as saying: “Mkhitaryan has not appeared for training. We do not know if he will arrive in the near future. He will be fined.”

Palkin continued: “He has not had any contact with Liverpool. I am confident that reports of negotiations are just rumours. Liverpool have not made an inquiry about the player.”

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