With all the domestic campaigns done and dusted, it is time for every club to focus on the transfer market and improve their chances of doing well next season.
Although the transfer window officially opens on the 1st of July, almost every club has started working on their deals and new signings are being confirmed every day. Here at Soccerlens, in our daily transfer news roundup column, we will bring you the latest stories from over the last 24 hours.
Manchester United bid for Henrikh Mkhitaryan rejected
Manchester United have had a 19 million pounds bid rejected for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Yesterday there were reports that the player prefers a move to Manchester United this summer and his agent Mino Raiola also publicly urged him to join Jose Mourinho’s side.
However, it is understood that Dortmund are unwilling to sell him this summer especially after losing Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan already.
Mkhitaryan has 12 months left on his current contract and will leave on a free transfer next summer if Dortmund decide not to cash in on him this summer. The player has refused to sign a new deal.
According to Mirror, Manchester United wanted to seal the deal with their 19 million pounds bid, but Dortmund are insistent that they will not sell the Armenian.
Mkhitaryan was Dortmund’s best player last season and is one of the finest attacking midfielders in Europe right now.
Mateo Kovacic agrees loan move to Roma
Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic is closing in on a move away from Santiago Bernabeu this summer.
The Croatian joined Real Madrid last summer under Rafa Benitez, but has failed to make his mark in the presence of Kroos and Modric.
Starved of game time, Kovacic is ready to leave the Spanish capital now. According to Sport, he has already agreed a loan move to Roma.
Roma President Walter Sabatini will travel to Madrid now and complete the formalities.
Kovacic is expected to replace the new Juventus signing Miralem Pjanic.
Chinese plot £700m Liverpool takeover
According to an exclusive from Independent, Liverpool have received a massive 700 million pounds takeover bid from a Chinese organisation.
The investment group is backed by the Chinese government and their managing director Peter Zhang has already committed £5.2 billion towards new projects in the UK.
SinoFortone are also looking to build a new stadium in the dockland area of Liverpool and will fund a redevelopment of the club’s training ground at Melwood and the installation of a series of football academies across China.
Fenway Sports Group head John Henry is reluctant to sell the club and have denied reports of a takeover bid from China.
Apparently Liverpool’s American owners are not looking to sell the club in near future.