ONE of Liverpool’s main transfer targets has failed to report for his team’s pre-season training, according to reports today.
And Manchester United star Wayne Rooney’s future is again the subject of headlines in this morning’s papers.
Shakhtar Donetsk claim Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan has failed to report to their pre-season training camp in Austria, with the 24-year-old Armenian apparently frustrated his £23m deal to the Reds has not been secured.
Mkhitaryan, who scored 25 league goals last season for Shakhtar, is high on the Reds’ wishlist after they completed the signing of Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet last night, report the Daily Mirror.
Manchester United manager David Moyes will attempt to convince striker Wayne Rooney, 27, to stay at Old Trafford, report the Mirror.
And the Sun say that if Rooney still decides to leave the Premier League champions, Barcelona would be his preferred destination.
Other transfer stories:
Chelsea have told Napoli they will not pay more than £40m for 26-year-old striker Edinson Cavani. Full story: Daily Star
Arsenal are interested in £5m-rated Le Havre full-back Benjamin Mendy. The 18-year-old, who has appeared for France at every international level up to Under-19, is out of contract next summer. Full story: London Evening Standard
Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival at Real Madrid as manager means the club will sanction 25-year-old striker Gonzalo Higuain’s move to Arsenal or Juventus soon. Full story: Independent
The Italian wants Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to join him at Real. Personal terms have been agreed with the 26-year-old, and the La Liga giants are confident they can sign the Uruguay international for less than his estimated £40m buy-out clause. Full story: Daily Star
Ancelotti has also sanctioned a £20m bid for Corinthians and Brazil midfielder Paulinho, who was expected to join Tottenham. Full story: The Times [subscription required]
Everton are interested in signing CSKA Moscow’s 27-year-old midfielder Keisuke Honda as interest in their midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, increases. Full story: Daily Mail
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is interested in Vitesse Arnhem’s Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony, 24. Full story: South Wales Evening Post
Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 25, is wanted by Inter Milan. Full story: the Sun
Stoke have identified Blackburn’s Martin Olsson, 25, and PSV Eindhoven’s Erik Pieters, 24, as possible solutions to their problem left-back slot. Full story: Stoke Sentinel
Liverpool are interested in winger Gerard Deulofeu, with manager Brendan Rodgers hopeful that the presence of the 19-year-old’s former Barcelona B team-mate Luis Alberto could see the Merseyside club beat strong competition for his signature. Full story: The Times [subscription required]