Liverpool suffer Mkhitaryan blow as Chelsea and Man United hunt for strikers

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LIVERPOOL face fresh competition to sign their main transfer target while Edinson Cavani’s future again dominates the headlines.

Liverpool face competition from Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund to sign Armenian midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan, 24, from Shakhtar Donetsk, according to

Mkhitaryan played against Dortmund for Shaktar in the Champions League last season.

A fresh bid from Paris St-Germain for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani could force Chelsea to increase their offer for the 26-year-old to £53m, report the Daily Mirror.

However, it is also rumoured that PSG’s new offer for Cavani has put Chelsea off the Uruguayan, with Jose Mourinho intent on pursuing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 27, and Borussia Dortmund’s 24-year-old forward Robert Lewandowski. Full story: Daily Mail

AC Milan have insisted that 20-year-old striker Stephan El Shaarawy, linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, will remain at the San Siro. Full story: talkSPORT

Other transfer stories:

Real Madrid are set to battle Chelsea for the signature of Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic. The 24-year-old has blossomed since leaving Stamford Bridge in 2011 as part of the deal that saw David Luiz head to the west London club. Full story: Metro

Gareth Bale’s agent says no offer has been made by Real Madrid yet for the 23-year-old Tottenham forward. (Marca TV)

Manchester United are reported to be “very close” to securing the signing of Barcelona midfielder Thiago, 22. Full story: ESPN

Meanwhile, PSV Eindhoven’s technical manager Marcel Brands says Manchester United midfield target Kevin Strootman, 23, has committed himself to spending another season at the Dutch club. Full story: talkSPORT

Arsenal are considering whether to make an offer for Manchester City and England midfielder Gareth Barry. The 32-year-old has a year left on his £100,000-per-week deal, and the Gunners would not be prepared to match those terms. Full story: the Sun

West Ham and Swansea are battling it out for the signature of Vitesse Arnhem’s Wilfried Bony, 24, after the Londoners matched the Welsh club’s £10.2m bid for the striker. Full story: Metro

Cardiff City are poised to make an £11m offer to Celtic for Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama, 21. Full story: Daily Mail

League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge could make more than £1m from a sell-on clause if their former striker Dwight Gayle, 22, makes an expected £8.5m move from Peterborough to Crystal Palace. Full story: London Evening Standard

Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City are competing to sign Belgium Under-16 striker Julien Ngoy. The 15-year-old, who has the option of becoming a sprinter, is not currently attached to a football club. Full story: Daily Star

Everton are willing to pay £5m for Swansea winger Nathan Dyer, 25. Full story: the Sun

Crystal Palace want to sign Leeds right-back Sam Byram, 19, for £3m. Full story: Daily Mail

And Sunderland’s attempt to sign the Inter Milan trio of Daniel Bessa, Alfred Duncan and Ibrahim Mbaye looks to be on hold until new Inter coach Walter Mazzarri has assessed the players. Bessa and Duncan are 20-year-old midfielders, while Mbaye, 18, plays as a central defender. Full story: Sky Sports

Chelsea have offered Sporting Lisbon around £12m for Portuguese winger Bruma, 18. Full story: A Bola (in Portuguese)

Wolves have agreed a six-figure fee with Bolton to sign Wales international defender Sam Ricketts, 31. Full story: Express & Star