Liverpool boss considering bid for Armenian midfielder.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is considering a summer move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Anfield boss is keen to bring in an attacking midfielder to the club this summer and had identified Mkhitaryan as one of his top targets.
Rodgers will make his move for the Armenian international should potential moves for Ajax’s Christian Eriksen and Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa fall through.
While Rodgers’ top summer priority is a defender to replace the retiring Jamie Carragher, the former Swansea boss is also keen to bring in a new ‘number ten’ to play behind the strikers.
The Liverpool has reportedly identified Mkhitaryan as a player who could slot seamlessly into the starting eleven and is someone who would suit the club’s fluid, passing brand of football.
Mkhitaryan has put in some impressive performances for the Shakhtar in the Champions League this season and the Ukrainian club are keen to hold onto him.
Liverpool, or any other club attempting to take him away from Ukraine, will have to stump up with at least £12 million to persuade Shakhtar to let the player go.
That could prove to be a potential obstacle for Brendan Rodgers as he has been told by the club’s hierarchy he will have just £20 million to spend on new signings this summer.