Liverpool have been given 10 days to wrap up a £25.5m move for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to Daily Star.
But Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin insists the player will not come cheap. Shakhtar want the full fee for the 24-year-old up front and insist the deal is only valid for 10 days.
Palkin said: “I do not know where Mkhitaryan is. Only his agent knows this. Borussia sent a proposal for £19.5m
“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 signed Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure and Luis Alberto for more than £20m this summer.
However, boss Brendan Rodgers is eager to bolster his squad for a Champions League push next season and Mkhitaryan would be his biggest signing.
But Shakhtar insist they have yet to receive an offer from Liverpool for Mkhitaryan, who was rumored to be in London last night.