Liverpool are preparing a £22million bid for much talked about Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to Tuesday’s media.
The 24-year-old Armenian international has caught the eye of some of Europe’s top clubs after finishing the Ukranian league season as top scorer with 25 goals.
The Guardian report that Mkhitaryan is looking for a new challenge and has ambitions to reach the top:
Mkhitaryan put Europe’s leading clubs on alert following Shakhtar’s elimination from the Champions League by admitting he wanted to play for “one of the strongest clubs in the world”, and the 24-year-old was subsequently linked with Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City.
The Daily Mail also pick up the story in tomorrow’s back pages:
The Armenia international has a burgeoning reputation and Liverpool, who have scouted the midfielder on several occasions, would have to pay more than £20million to stand any chance of signing him.
Mkhitaryan plays as an attacking midfielder, capable of scoring a very attractive amount of goals, and is well known for his pace.
Since signing for Shakhtar in 2010, Mkhitaryan has scored 38 goals in 72 appearances. He has won 36 caps for the Armenian national team, scoring 10 goals.
The Mirror report Liverpool will make a move regardless of whether Luis Suarez leaves the club this summer.
Liverpool could make a good portion of Mkhitaryan’s transfer fee from the sale of Andy Carroll. The former Newcastle Utd striker should complete his switch from Anfield to West Ham on a permanent deal this week, netting the Reds around £15million.
Brendan Rodgers is also eyeing Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas, who is expected to arrive on Merseyside for a medical this week and sign for around £7million.
Rodgers’ pursuit of players in the transfer market this summer will hinge on whether he is able to keep hold of Uruguayan international Luis Suarez, whose future on Merseyside is unclear.