Brendan Rodgers will have to fight Borussia Dortmund and Juventus, who have also expressed an interest in the Armenian, valued at £20million by the Ukrainian club.
Mkhitaryan scored 25 league goals for Shakhtar this season, who reached the Round of 16 in the Champions League, only to be knocked out by eventual runner-up Borussia Dortmund.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with the 24-year-old over recent weeks, and rumours have even sparked that managing director Ian Ayre cancelled a flight to Brazil, in order to secure the Shakhtar midfielder’s signature.
The Armenian scored twice in the Champions League this season, getting both the goals in his side’s 2-0 victory over FC Nordsjaelland in the group stage.
But Liverpool must now fight Dortmund and Serie A champions Juventus for Mkhitaryan, after his impressive season in Ukraine. And the Reds will be concerned that the pair can offer Mkhitaryan Champions League football, something the Premier League side can’t.
Dortmund have lined up the 24-year-old as a replacement for Mario Gotze, who will join Bayern Munich this summer.
But Liverpool, who have been in talks with Mkhitaryan’s representatives, will hope that they can complete the signing this week, as they feel they are still leading the race for his signature.
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