Reds must act fast if they still wish to bring Armenian star to Anfield this summer.
Liverpool have been warned that they have only ten days in which to meet Shakhtar Donetsk’s £25 million asking price for in-demand midfield player Henrikh Mkhitaryan or else the player will be taken off the market, reports the Sun.
The prolific Armenia international is currently at the centre of a transfer tug of war between both the Merseyside giants and the Uefa Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund, who entered the race to sign Mkhitaryan earlier this week by lodging a bid of £19.5 million for the player that was immediately rejected by the Ukrainian champions.
And now both clubs have been told by Shakhtar that if they wish to land the attacking midfield player, who netted a remarkable 26 goals in just 39 matches in all competitions for his club last season, this summer then they will need to raise their offers in order to meet the Ukrainian’s own valuation of their player, and what is more, it must be done within the next ten days as well.
“Borussia offered £19.5m. I contacted Mkhitaryan’s agent on Tuesday. I wrote to him about the club’s position. We are prepared to sell for £25m,” said Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin.
“This offer stands for the next 10 days. If Mkhitaryan wishes to leave, they have to pay this amount for him.”