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Mkhitaryan bid would be considered

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Shakhtar's Henrikh Mkhitaryan (L) in action against Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski.
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Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin claims there has been no approach from Liverpool for in-demand Henrikh Mkhitaryan - but they would be willing to listen to offers.

The 24-year-old midfielder has emerged as the Reds' major transfer target this summer and reports have suggested he could be available for £22million.

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Mkhitaryan set a Ukrainian league record with 25 goals last season and while Shakhtar are keen to hang on to their prize asset Palkin suggested he would be available for the right price.

"As you know, there have been too many different conversations about Henrik Mkhitaryan," he 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.

"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."

Palkin has warned Mkhitaryan that he will be fined if he does not return for pre-season training.

The Armenia international has yet to join up with his team-mates at their Austrian training camp.

"Mkhitaryan did not come to the training session yesterday but he had to - we do not know why," Palkin told Russian newspaper Sportsdaily.

"If he does not join the team in the coming days he will be fined.

"Concerning Mkhitaryan's behavior I know that he does not have any problems with his team-mates and coaches and we have not heard from him about his intention to leave Shakhtar.

"All the questions about Mkhitaryan's behaviour should be addressed to him

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