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Shakhtar yet to hear from Liverpool over Mkhitaryan

ESPN staff
June 19, 2013
Liverpool are yet to make a formal offer for Henrikh Mkhitarayn © PA Photos

Shakhtar Donetsk have yet to receive a formal bid from Liverpool for attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but admit they would be prepared to listen to offers.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with Mkhitaryan in recent weeks, with the Anfield club reportedly ready to pay around £22 million for the Armenian.

But Shakhtar's chief executive, Sergei Palkin, has denied the Premier League club have made any contact over the 24-year-old.

"As you know, there have been too many different conversations about Henrikh Mkhitaryan," Palkin told Russian newspaper Izvestia. "But the situation has been strongly and artificially inflated.

"I can say that we have had no communication from any member of Liverpool."

The Ukrainian side would be willing to listen to any interest in Mkhitaryan, however, as long as the sums proposed allow them to find a replacement before the transfer window closes.

He added: "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.

"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."

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