LIVERPOOL have been given 10 days to wrap up a £25.5m move for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Armenian has gone AWOL from the Ukrainian club in a bid to force through a transfer, with Borussia Dortmund also interested.
But Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin, who admits he has no idea where Mkhitaryan is, insists the player will not come cheap.
Shakhtar want the full fee for the 24-year-old up front and insist the deal is only valid for 10 days.
Palkin said: “I do not know where Mkhitaryan is. Only his agent knows this. Borussia sent a proposal for £19.5m.
“I contacted Mkhitaryan’s agent. I wrote to him about the official position of the club. We are prepared to sell Mkhitaryan for £25.5m.
“This offer stands for the next 10 days. If Mkhitaryan wishes to leave, they have to pay this amount for him.”
Liverpool have signed Simon Mignolet, Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure and Luis Alberto for more than £20m this summer.
However, boss Brendan Rodgers is eager to bolster his squad for a Champions League push next season and Mkhitaryan would be his biggest signing.
Liverpool may lose Luis Suarez this summer and need to add firepower in the event he does quit.
But Shakhtar insist they have yet to receive an offer from Liverpool for Mkhitaryan, who was rumoured to be in London last night.
The player is part-owned by an investment group, but this is not understood to be a problem.