Borussia Dortmund have won the race to sign Shakthar Donetsk attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan for a four-year-contract, shutting the door on any hope that Liverpool had of signing him.

On Monday, Dortmund said it had agreed on a deal for the 24-year-old Mkhitaryan, after the Armenian international banged in 25 goals and laid on another 10 in the previous season.

Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Michael Zorc negotiated the deal after travelling to Donetsk last week to finish off the deal which will help the German side fill the void left in their squad by Mario Götze’s departure to arch rivals Bayern Munich at the end of last season.

“Borussia Dortmund and the player have reached a fundamental agreement for a playing contract that would run to June 30, 2017,” the traders’ announcement said. “The details must still be finalized.”
Previous reports suggested that it would take some 25 million euros ($32.13 million) to prize Mkhitaryan away from Shaktar. If confirmed, such a fee would make the Armenian the club’s most expensive signing ever.

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