Reds also face stiff competition from German giants for Armenian’s signature.
Shakhtar Donetsk have revealed that they would be willing to sell in-demand midfield player Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer if a potential suitor meets their £23 million valuation of their star man, says the Sports Review.
The Armenia international has been the subject of reported interest of late from both Liverpool and the Uefa Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund, who had a bid of £19.5m for the player turned down by the Ukrainian champions earlier this week.
However, Shakhtar say that they will be prepared to let the 24-year-old depart Donetsk when the summer transfer window reopens for business on July 1, although their asking price for the player who netted an incredible 26 goals in just 39 appearances in all competitions last season must first be met before any transfer can happen.
“Henrikh is an important player in our team. Shakhtar wants to keep him, but we are willing to listen and consider all suggestions for a transfer,” Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin told Russian newspaper Izvestia.
“We have already parted with Willian [to Anzhi] and Fernandinho [to Manchester City], but the club will not just sell players.
“In the near future we will also gain quality, designed to replace the leading players, possibly including Henrikh.”
As a result Liverpool, who according to Shakhtar have still to even make any official contact with them regarding the purchase of Mkhitaryan, will now need to act quickly and come up with £23m if they are to beat Dortmund to the coveted midfielder’s signature.