Liverpool FC are reportedly preparing a £20 million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The highly rated Armenian attacking midfielder is one of the hottest properties in Europe currently. He, along with Fernandinho (who has now joined Manchester City) was the heart-beat of a Shakhtar side that has now won three domestic league titles in a row. But what stood about this Shakhtar side was the fact that they shone in Europe as well and Heno, as he is often known as, was at the heart of it all.
The Armenian international is at the top of Brendan Rodgers’ ‘To buy’ list this summer and the Merseyside club are reportedly preparing a £20 million bid for the attacking midfielder. If Liverpool manages to complete this signing, it will be a major coup for them and could well turn out to one of the best deals of the summer by an English club. The English club have already announced the signing of Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo as they prepare for life without Luis Suarez. Although it is now believed that Liverpool are not depending on Suarez’s transfer fee for their summer signings. The Uruguayan international could yet possible stay back at the club, although that possibility looks increasingly remote with each passing week and every passing interview that Suarez is making.
Rodgers is determined to add more goals from the midfield as the club was too dependent on Suarez to find the back of the net last season. It is this dependency that the former Swansea manager wants to remove this summer and Mkhitaryan will be step towards achieving that goal. The 24-year-old is a very versatile footballer who can also play as a striker upfront. But despite the fact that he has largely been deployed as a play-maker, Mkhitaryan has managed to score 25 league goals (in 28 appearances) this season – which has incidentally set a new record for the Ukrainian League.
But there is much more to Mkhitaryan’s game than just goals. He has incredible pace, which would put most of the wingers to shame. But perhaps the biggest asset of his game is his intelligence. He knows how to use his team-mates and is a master at creating space for others around him. The Armenian has brilliant ball control, can take on defenders and go past them with ease and to top it all he has incredible vision – The perfect recipe of a modern day play-maker.
Liverpool though might find it hard to convince Shakhtar Donetsk to let go of their prized asset at just £20 million. The Ukrainian side are considered to a shrewd on the business table – as proved by the hefty transfer fee Manchester City had to pay for a 28-year-old Fernandinho. But it is clear that they are already preparing for life without their star midfielder. Shakhtar have already signed two talented Brazilians, Wellington Nem from Fluminense and Fernando from Gremio for a combined fee of £18 million – perfect replacement for Fernandinho and Mkhitaryan. But even at a slightly higher fee Mkhitaryan could possibly be the difference between Liverpool qualifying for Europe next season – that is how good he is.