Mircea Lucescu claims club ‘are no Real Madrid’.
Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has warned his midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan to think twice about leaving the club to join Liverpool according to The Mirror.
The Anfield side have been strongly linked with the player over the last few weeks although news on a deal appears to have gone cold of late.
It is being reported that Liverpool have agreed a £25 million deal with Shakhtar for the player’s signature but Lucescu has urged the Armenia captain to reconsider as he believes that swapping a club who regularly play in the Champions League for a team currently failing to qualify for the Europa League is not a step in the right direction.
Lucescu claimed that he would understand if it was Barcelona or Real Madrid Mkhitaryan was leaving for but did not see why the goal-scoring midfielder would choose to move to the Merseyside club.
Mkhitaryan reportedly remains determined to join up with Brendan Rodgers’ men, and has told Liverpool he will be joining them despite reported late interest from Tottenham and German side Borussia Dortmund.
Rodgers is determined to secure a deal for his top summer target and is happy to navigate the tricky negotiations required as a result of Mkhitaryan’s third-party ownership.