Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre has cancelled a trip to a conference in Brazil where he was due to discuss football economics in order to pursue the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to Bloomberg.
Speculation linking Mkhitaryan with a move to Liverpool has increased over recent days, with the Reds hoping to tie up a deal for around £20million.
Ayre was scheduled to be on a panel at a conference in Rio de Janeiro tomorrow to discuss economic opportunities for soccer. Instead he’s staying in Europe to negotiate with three-time Armenian player of the year Mkhitaryan, 24, according to the person, who declined to be identified because the deal isn’t complete.
Mkhitaryan would provide Brendan Rodgers’ attack with a fresh dynamic and superb close control.
Liverpool are thought to be hoping the possible signing of Mkhitaryan will convince Luis Suarez to stay at Anfield.