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 By Mike Whalley

Shakhtar: No approach for Mkhitaryan

Shakhtar Donetsk have indicated they are ready to listen to a Liverpool offer for midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan - but insist they are yet to receive a bid.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is an Armenia international
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has scored 11 goals in 39 games for Armenia

- Liverpool keen on Mkhitaryan

Sergei Palkin, Shakhtar’s chief executive, says he wants Mkhitaryan to stay but is prepared to consider any approaches.

The 24-year-old, who scored 25 goals from midfield for Shakhtar in the Ukrainian Premier League last season, is available for around £20 million.

Palkin told Russian newspaper Izvestia: "As you know, there have been too many different conversations about Henrik Mkhitaryan.

"But the situation has been strongly and artificially inflated. I can say that we have had no communication from any member of Liverpool.

"Henrikh is an important player in our team. Shakhtar want to keep him but we are willing to listen and consider all proposals for his transfer."

Mkhitaryan looks increasingly likely to be the next player to leave Shakhtar for a large fee, following the £30 million sale of Willian to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in January and fellow Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho’s move to Manchester City for a similar fee earlier this month.

Palkin added: “We have already parted with Willian and Fernandinho but the club will not just sell players.

“Soon we will also strengthen ourselves with quality players, designed to replace those who have left.”

Mkhitaryan reportedly stated in March that he "will do everything this summer to join one of the strongest clubs in the world", although he later claimed that he had been misquoted.

The Armenia international, who began his career in his homeland with Pyunik Yerevan, moved to Ukraine to join Metalurh Donetsk in 2009, before crossing the city to join Shakhtar a year later.

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