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Transfer Talk: Henrikh Mkhitaryan Set To Join Liverpool

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Liverpool are quietly endeavouring to strengthen their squad, even if Kolo Toure is the sole arrival so far, and while the Iago Aspas deal has stalled the Reds are optimistic about signing £23 million-rated Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 24-year-old is due on Merseyside this week for a medical, claim the Mirror, with Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet also likely to join the Anfield club within the next two weeks.

Paris St-Germain Monaco and Borussia Dortmund have also supposedly shown interest in Armenian Mkhitaryan, who has been with Shakhtar since 2010.

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Financing part of the Mkhitaryan fee will be Andy Carroll's inevitable sale to West Ham United, add the Times.

The report mentions Liverpool have had to accept a compromise for their £35m striker, which suggests they may not get the £15m for Carroll they want.

Over at the Telegraph, they say Carroll will ink a six-year, £100,000 a week deal with the Hammers. Modern football, eh?

Another January 2011 signing en route out of L4, Luis Suárez, has been told he will have to submit a transfer request if he is to leave after two-and-a-half-years.

Understandably, Liverpool have become fed up of the Uruguayan hinting all year, prior to him clarifying, he wants a transfer. Suárez, perhaps keen to remain a friend rather than a foe of the Kop, is attempting to placate the fanbase with an it's-not-you-it's-me rationale.

Juventus were supposedly favourites to sign Gonzalo Higuaín but the Old Lady has had her head turned by Carlos Tévez, so the Standard have designated Arsenal as favourites to sign the Argentinian.

Higuaín will leave Madrid this summer after six years and Arsenal's interest is obvious, what with them playing Theo Walcott as a striker.

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Arsenal are also linked with Spain Under-21 international Asier Illarramendi, currently preparing for tonight's European Championship final with Italy.

Illarramendi is a defensive midfielder, which is arguably more of a pressing concern for the Gunners than a striker.

The Sun, meanwhile, say Laurent Koscielny will reject Barcelona and Bayern Munich, which makes little sense.

The player of the Under-21 Championship, The Isco Kid, will re-team with Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City in a £30m transfer, report the Telegraph.

An awesome attacker courted by Real Madrid, the Spaniard is however concerned about playing time at the Santiago Bernabéu.

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And such is Tottenham's wont to negotiate transfer business on the final day of the window there has been little activity at White Hart Lane. The Mirror this morning, however, state Spurs want to bring Corinthians midfielder Paulinho, Internacional striker Leandro Damião and Barcelona striker David Villa to White Hart Lane.

That's one way to alleviate the burden on Gareth Bale's shoulders, if he decides to stick around,

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