Borussia Dortmund have announced the signing of Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder was thought to have been Liverpool’s primary transfer target, and if so, the Reds will be distraught at having missed out on his devastating ability.
Unfortunately for the once mighty Reds, their lack of Champions League football appears to have left them all dressed up with nowhere to go in the transfer market.
Even Luis Suarez’s increasingly protracted flirtation with Real Madrid now hinges around his desire to play in Europe’s top club competition, according to his compatriot Edinson Cavani.
And despite assurances to the contrary, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been unable to convince his major targets that Liverpool has a Champions League future.
Consequently, Dortmund are lucky enough to have secured the services of Mkhitaryan, who is somewhat of a ‘sleeper’ transfer, but has all the attributes to take the Bundesliga by storm.
On Monday Mkhitaryan and his ubiquitous agent, Mino Raiola, were in Dortmund to thrash out the details of his estimated €27.5 million, four-year move to the German league and Champions League runners-up.
And on Tuesday, the Westfalenstadion club excitedly revealed on their website that “all the necessary formalities" had been taken care of, and that Mkhitaryan is now a Dortmund player.
It will be interesting to see if Mkhitaryan can mustre his considerable dynamism and eye for goal to help Dortmund overcome Bavarian heavyweights Bayern Munich this season.
And it will be equally intriguing to see who Liverpool identify as an alternative to the Armenian, and if Rodgers can sell his Anfield evolution to that player.