Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Liverpool looking “increasingly optimistic”

Highly rated Armenian international midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s link with a move to Liverpool this summer is growing stronger by the day.

This morning’s (Saturday) Guardian claim Liverpool are “increasingly optimistic” about reaching a deal.

Mkhitaryan scored 25 goals from his attacking midfield position of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukranian Premier League last season.

The Guardian’s Andy Hunter reports, “an approach is believed to have been made and Anfield officials are hopeful about concluding the signing.”

Mkhitaryan could be seen as a big ‘marquee signing’ by Liverpool’s owners and will cast more speculation on the future of Luis Suarez, who has hinted he may pursue a transfer to Real Madrid.

However, Chris Bascombe, formerly of the Liverpool Echo and now of the Telegraph also picks up the story this morning saying

Initially, there were suggestions Liverpool would have to fund such a move with the proceeds of the sale of Luis Suárez, but that is not the case.

Indeed, the club is prepared to sign a player they have coveted in the hope it will convince the Uruguayan to remain on Merseyside, although that remains an optimistic hope at this stage given Suárez’s public comments asserting a desire to move to Real Madrid.

Meanwhile Andy Carroll is still locked in negotiations to complete his move to West Ham, after the Hammers agreed a £15.5million deal to make his season-long loan spell at Upton Park permanent.

Liverpool this week agreed a £7.7million deal to sign Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas, whilst Manchester City defender Kolo Toure will also arrive at the club this summer.

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