Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Suarez replacement
Liverpool transfer news: The Armenian player of the year will cost £22m in order to prize him away from Shakhtar Donetsk
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has set his sights on 's Henrikh Mkhitaryan as a leading transfer target, according to The Guardian.
The Ukrainian giants will, however, be seeking to recoup at least £22m from the sale of their talisman, the Merseyside club are undeterred.
The Armenian international scored a record 25 goals in the Ukrainian Premier League which has put Europe's elite on high alert with Barcelona and Manchester City linked with the youngster after he admitted he wishes to play “for one of the strongest clubs in the world” earlier in the season.
Despite operating from an attacking midfield role, the 24 year-old dominated the scoring charts last season as he helped Donetsk to claim the league title.
Having tracked the player for much of last season, Liverpool believe the three-time Armenian play of the year would be keen on a move despite widespread interest and a substantial fee.
Although they cannot offer Champions League football The Reds believe the draw of the Premier League and the promise of first team football will be enough to secure his signature.
Although Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group are ready to sanction a big money bid for Mkhitaryan, the Anfield outfit's transfer activity is inextricably linked to the actions of Luis Suarez.
If the Uruguayan decides to leave, Liverpool may turn their attention to other targets as it is thought their budget would receive a huge boost, as the troublesome striker would command a large transfer fee from the likes of Real Madrid.
With Andy Carroll's future still uncertain, Daniel Sturridge is looking set to miss at least the start of the campaign and with Suarez appearing to be suffer from itchy feet, a move for Mkhitaryan may prove an astute signing to lead the attack and ensure Liverpool get out of the blocks quickly next season.
Failure to do so in recent years has often left them fighting a lost cause in the second half of the season.
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