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FOOTBALL: Liverpool wants Shakhtar Donetsk's midfielder

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2013 | 7:50 AM

Liverpool are pushing ahead with plans to make Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan their major summer signing.



The 24-year-old is understood to have a £20-million 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.



Manager Brendan Rodgers sees Mkhitaryan, who has also been linked with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, as a key element of his plans to add extra firepower to his side next season.



Liverpool remains in discussions with Sunderland for goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

They have offered £8 million, while Sunderland are currently holding out for £10 million.



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