Henrikh Mkhitaryan was close to joining Liverpool back in 2013 (Picture: Getty)The former agent of Henrikh Mkhitaryan has revealed that the Arsenal star was once close to joining Liverpool.
Mkhitaryan, 29, completed a move to Arsenal in January in a deal which saw Alexis Sanchez sign for Manchester United.
The Armenian has scored two goals in 12 appearances for the Gunners.
Dimitry Seluk, who represented Mkhitaryan when he was a youngster at Metalurh Donetsk, has lifted the lid on a disagreement he had with the club’s ex-owner Oleg Mkrtchyan which stopped Liverpool signing the midfielder.
He claims that Mkrtchyan sold another of his clients, Aras Ozibiliz, to Spartak Moscow for €8million but pretended the fee was only €2million – and this is why he parted ways with Mkhitaryan.
This is when Mino Raiola took over as Mkhitaryan’s representative and the Armenia international was sold to Borussia Dortmund over Liverpool.
‘Eventually, we parted ways with him [Mkhitaryan] because of that whole situation,’ Seluk told These Football Times.
The Armenian made his name at Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)‘And that’s when Henrikh’s sister, who had been working with UEFA for years, introduced him to [Mino] Raiola.
‘Obviously, by that time, Mkhitaryan had already become a well-known player, and when Borussia Dortmund offered Shakhtar €27million for Henrikh, suddenly Raiola was all over him.
‘Although I had already talked to Liverpool who were also interested in Mkhitaryan and wanted to sign him.
‘If Mkrtchyan hadn’t lied to me and we hadn’t parted ways with Henrikh, he would have been a Liverpool player.’
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