Liverpool told fee for Shakhtar midfielder Mkhitaryan

Liverpool have been told the amount they must pay to Shakhtar Donetsk for midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, ESPN has reported, with the Premier League club quoted in the region of £25m for the Armenia international.

Shakhtar’s chief executive, Sergei Palkin, revealed that Borussia Dortmund are thus far the only club to make an official offer for Mkhitaryan but a bid is expected from Liverpool, with Palkin confirming Mkhitaryan can leave for just over £25m.

Borussia Dortmund offered €23 million for him,” Palkin said. “This was the sole offer, but our position is €30 million. Mkhitaryan doesn’t have a release clause in his contract, but it does spell out the penalties for unilateral termination of the contract, which is equal to US$30 million (£19.8 million).

Palkin explained that if Mkhitaryan forced his way out of the Ukrainian club he would be liable to pay the £19.8m sum himself, but if Shakhtar agree to the transfer – in what Palkin called a “civilized manner” – the fee would be £25.5m.

Mkhitaryan is already in the bad books at Shakhtar, having failed to report for pre-season training on time. Palkin confirmed that despite the player appearing close to leaving Donetsk, he would be punished for his behaviour as per the terms of his contract.

Liverpool have already made a number of moves in the transfer market, signing the likes of Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas and Kolo Toure, while letting Andy Carroll join West Ham on a permanent deal, with Jonjo Shelvey in line to join Swansea City.

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