Liverpool are pushing ahead with plans to make Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan their major summer signing, according to the BBC.
The 24-year-old is understood to have a £20m release clause in his contract with Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.
Liverpool have indicated they are willing to meet that figure.
Anfield officials are aware there may be competition for Mkhitaryan, who scored 25 league goals for Shakhtar last season, but are optimistic he can be persuaded to move to Liverpool.
According to The Daily Mail, Liverpool face competition from Borussia Dortmund and Juventus for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrik Mkhitaryan.
Bloomberg reported earlier that 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.