Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre scrapped a trip to Brazil this weekend to try to complete the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan for 20 million pounds ($31 million), Bloomberg reports.
Ayre was scheduled to be on a panel at a conference in Rio de Janeiro today to discuss economic opportunities for soccer. Instead he’s staying in Europe to negotiate with three-time Armenian player of the year Mkhitaryan, 24, Bloomberg reports, quoting a person, who declined to be identified because the deal isn’t complete.
Mkhitaryan, who plays as an attacking midfielder, scored a record 25 goals in the Ukraine’s top division last season. Liverpool faces competition from teams in Germany, Spain and France for the player, who could join by the end of next week if the bid is successful, according to the person.
Shakhtar is ready to sell the player, who still needs to be convinced to sign a contract with the Reds, the person said.