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Shakhtar open to Mkhitaryan offers

19 June 2013 22:18

Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin has admitted the club are open to offers for Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The Armenian attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League with Liverpool but Palkin insisted that no bid had been received.

Shakhtar picked up their eighth Ukranian Premier League title last season and reached the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League, but that may not be enough to stop Mkhitaryan joining Fernandinho and Willian in leaving the club.

Mkhitaryan scored 25 goals in 29 league games for Shakhtar last season, with Brendan Rodgers reportedly very keen to take him to Anfield as he continues to reshape the squad.

"There have been too many different conversations about Henrik 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.

"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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