Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Mkhitaryan scored 25 league goals last season.

Liverpool will require a bid of £25.5m to clinch the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk's Henrikh Mkhitaryan, according to the Ukrainian champions.

The Reds have been strongly linked with the Armenian international with manager Brendan Rodgers keen on bringing in another attacking player, having signed Iago Aspas last week, while Luis Suarez's future remains unresolved.

Borussia Dortmund have already submitted a bid short of Shakhtar's valuation of the 24 year old, and any other future bids would need to be close to £25.5m to be considered, according to chief executive Sergei Palkin.

"Borussia Dortmund offered €23 million for him," Palkin told Football.ua. "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 $30m (£19.8m).

"If Mkhitaryan wants to terminate the contract, he must pay Shakhtar US$30 million and go to a club that he likes. If we go in a civilized manner and sell the player, and in doing so he does not break the contract, the value we place on him is €30m (£25.5m)."

The departure of Mario Gotze makes the need of the Champions League runners-up greater than that of Liverpool; however Rodgers will be keen to prepare for the impending departure of Suarez, who has made public his discontent with English football.

Mkhitaryan would likely provide an option as one of three attack minded players behind Daniel Sturridge, and having scored 25 goals in 29 league starts for Shakhtar last season, Liverpool will likely be adding to their potency in front of goal having finished the last campaign as the fourth highest scorers in the Premier League.

In addition to Aspas, Liverpool have already signed Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Simon Mignolet this summer and further additions are expected before the end of the window.