Liverpool ready to move for Shakhtar star Mkhitaryan regardless of Suarez future

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to sign Shakhtar Dontesk’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan regardless of the future of Luis Suarez, according to the Daily Mirror.

It had been suggested that Mkhitaryan was to be a replacement for the Uruguayan, who has suggested he sees his future away from Anfield. But Rodgers is keen to bring the £20m-rated Armenia international to Merseyside whether or not Suarez remains a Liverpool player.

Mkhitaryan is more of an attacking midfielder than the striker Suarez, but is viewed by Rodgers as another source of goals for his team. Rodgers is said to have watched the 24-year-old over the last few months – sending his scouts to see Mkhitaryan play on 12 occasions – and has the blessing of the club’s owners to pursue the deal.

Rodgers faces competition from a number of clubs around Europe, however, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Juventus all previously expressing an interest in the prolific midfielder. Mkhitaryan scored 25 goals from midfielder for Shakhtar last season.

Liverpool are not said to be reliant on funds from any sale of Suarez to push through a deal for Mkhitaryan as Rodgers has in the region of £35m to work with already. Suarez would command in the region of £40m if he were to leave, while a further £25m could be generated by selling Andy Carroll to West Ham for £15m and Martin Skrtel to Napoli, managed by former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, for £10m.

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