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Liverpool target wants $76m Premier League move despite Chelsea pal's plea to snub transfer

Ukraine ace Georgiy Sudakov has claimed he is 'ready' for a move to the Premier League this summer amid reported interest from Liverpool. The midfielder has regularly been linked with the Reds after impressing for Shakhtar Donetsk in Europe.

Sudakov, 21, was the subject of interest from Napoli in January but Shakhtar held firm. And the Ukraine giants are now believed to be demanding $76m (£60m/€70m) for the player this summer.

According to inews, his strong showings have attracted interest from seven clubs in the Premier League, including Liverpool. Sudakov is aware of the interest and has even spoken to Chelsea forward Mykhailo Mudryk about making the move.

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“We are in touch on a daily basis,” Sudakov said “He is a big friend of mine. Over the last two months he has played a lot more and has been much more successful.

“The beginning for him was quite tough, mentally and physically, but step by step he is getting there. When we play in the national team together I have seen how much he has grown as the season has progressed.

“I was telling Misha (Mudryk) about how much I want to play in the Premier League and how it would be great to play in the same team. Misha told me that I was not ready for the kind of pressure that happens in England and if I do come I need to be ready for that. But I am.”

Sudakov went on to talk about a possible move to England, adding: "The Premier League is my dream. It would be great to play there at one of the top clubs. I cannot highlight any of them as my priority, they are all famous clubs. As Pep Guardiola said, to win the Premier League is more difficult than winning the Champions League."

Liverpool.com says: Sudakov can play in multiple roles and his versatility would make him a fine addition to the Liverpool squad. With Luis Díaz's future currently in question and Thiago Alcântara leaving the club at the end of his contract, signing a player like Sudakov would make sense but he would be an expensive signing.