Liverpool register interest in Borussia Dortmund duo Immobile and Mkhitaryan
By Merseyside correspondent Cam Downes
Liverpool have registered their interest in signing Borussia Dortmund duo Ciro Immobile and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Football Insider sources have learned.
The Merseysiders have made a move for the Bundesliga-based pair as they step up plans to overhaul their squad this summer.
Italy international Immobile, 25, is on Liverpool’s list of striker targets while Armenian playmaker Mkhitaryan, 26, is back on the radar after the Premier League club failed in a bid to sign him two years ago.
As reported by Football Insider, Liverpool are looking to offload three of their four senior strikers and bring in two new front men, plus Divock Origi, who moves to Anfield in the close season after spending three years on loan at Lille.
The club will listen to offers for Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini, who are all considered surplus to requirements at Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers and the club’s recruitment team are looking to recruit forwards who can make an immediate impact in the first team, even though they have a policy of investing in youthful players who can be developed by the coaching staff. They want high energy front men who can adapt to Liverpool’s intense pressing game.
Immobile fits the bill as a striker who can make an immediate impact in the first team. In 17 Dortmund starts in all competitions this season since joining from Torino last summer, he has scored a creditable 10 goals although only three of those strikes have come in the Bundesliga.
Liverpool failed in a move to sign Mkhitaryan two years ago after they were beaten to the Armenian’s signature by the German club, who signed him for £23m from Shakhtar Donetsk.