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.
The Armenian international midfielder scored 25 goals in the Ukranian Premier League last season for Shakhtar Donetsk and enjoyed lots of praise after solid performances in the Champions League.
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.