Liverpool transfers: ‘Shakhtar will sell Henrikh Mkhitaryan for £25m’

Liverpool transfers: Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin says Henrikh Mkhitaryan has a price tag of £25m

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Henrik Mkhitaryan scored 25 league goals last term Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

Shakhtar Donetsk have told Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool that they will have to pay £25m to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer.

Shakhtar chief Sergei Palkin confirmed that the Champions League finalists failed with a £19m offer for the Armenia international, who is also believed to be one of Brendan Rodgers’ top targets.

The 24-year-old midfielder enjoyed a prolific campaign last term as he scored 25 top-flight goals in 28 appearances to help fire Shakhtar to a third straight Ukraine Premier League title last season.

Mkhitaryan is yet to return to pre-season training with the Ukrainian champions, and although Palkin admitted he is unaware of the playmaker’s whereabouts, he reiterated the club want at least £25m for their talisman.

“I don’t know where Mkhitaryan is, now; solely his agent knows this,” said Palkin.

“Borussia offered $30m (£19.5m) for the midfielder. I contacted Mkhitaryan’s agent yesterday. I wrote to him about the official position of the club.

“We are prepared to sell Mkhitaryan for €30m (£25m). This offer stands for the next 10 days.

“If Mkhitaryan wishes to leave, they have to pay this amount for him.”

On Thursday, former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler backed the club’s attempts to sign the highly-rated midfielder.

“Yes, he’s a great player. I’ve seen him a few times in the Champions League,” Fowler told Goal.

“He’s a very attacking, very young forward. We’re linked to him. I don’t know if he’s going to sign. I’m sure whoever comes in will be the right fit.”

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