Liverpool have been set a 10-day deadline to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to Sergei Palkin.

The Shakhtar Donetsk star has gone AWOL after failing to turn up for training, with the Armenian international looking to force through a move away from the Ukranian club.

It isn’t just Brendan Rodgers who is keen on the 24-year-old however, with German giants and Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund also keen on the player.

Indeed, Dortmund have tabled a £19.5million offer for the player, according to Palkin, but that isn’t enough to land the player. Either the Bundesliga outfit or Liverpool will have to pay £25.5million to land the player.

“I do not know where Mkhitaryan is. Only his agent knows this. Borussia sent a proposal for £19.5m,” said Palkin, according to The Daily Star.

“I contacted Mkhitaryan’s agent. I wrote to him about the official position of the club. We are prepared to sell Mkhitaryan for £25.5m.

“This offer stands for the next 10 days. If Mkhitaryan wishes to leave, they have to pay this amount for him.”

Liverpool have already been busy in the summer transfer window, with Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto, Iago Aspes and Simon Mignolet all moving to Anfield.

And, if Rodgers were to bring Mkhitaryan to Merseyside, then the Reds’ spending would go well beyond £20million ahead of their push for a top four finish in the Premier League next term.

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