LIVERPOOL have been told they must pay £25million in the next 10 days if they want to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer.
Their hopes of landing the Shakhtar Donetsk ace hit a stumbling block last week as it emerged there could be third-party ownership involved.

And their chances have been hit further with Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund entering the race for the Armenian midfielder, 24, in the last few days.

The Bundesliga club have weighed in with a £19.5m bid, which has been rejected by the Ukrainian club.

Shakhtar are still not sure where the AWOL star is after he skipped training and now say they could be tempted to sell — but only if someone matches their price.

The club’s chief executive Sergei Palkin said: “I don’t know where Mkhitaryan is now, solely his agent knows this.

“Borussia offered £19.5m. I contacted Mkhitaryan’s agent on Tuesday. I wrote to him about the club’s position. We are prepared to sell for £25m.

“This offer stands for the next 10 days. If Mkhitaryan wishes to leave, they have to pay this amount for him.”

Meanwhile, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has asked Barcelona if he can have winger Gerard Deulofeu, 19, on loan next season.

Barca have just signed Brazilian superstar Neymar for £49m to push Deulofeu further down the pecking order.

The Spain Under-20 star has previously drawn interest from Tottenham, Valencia, Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla.