Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan has failed to report to training with Shakhtar Donetsk, the Ukrainian club’s general manager Sergey Palkin has confirmed.
Mkhitaryan, 24, has been heavily linked with a move to the Reds of late, although Shakhtar recently insisted that they have yet to receive a bid for the player.
However, the story took a fresh twist on Tuesday when the Armenia international failed to meet up with his team-mates for training, resulting in a fine for the midfielder.
“Mkhitaryan has not appeared for training. We do not know if he will arrive in the near future. He will be fined,” Palkin is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror. “We have not heard that Mkhitaryan wants to leave. All questions about his behaviour need to be addressed to him.”
Palkin went on to reiterate that the club have not had any contact with Liverpool regarding Mkhitaryan, adding that he hoped the player and his advisers had not been conducting any unofficial negotiations with the Merseyside club.
“He has not had any contact with Liverpool,” Palkin said. “I'm confident that reports of negotiations are just rumours. Liverpool have not made an enquiry about the player.”