Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin has confirmed reported Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan failed to show up in Austria for the clubs pre-season training camp.

There has been no official offer from anyone at Liverpool and the player must attend the camp or he will be subject to fines as punishment.

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

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

"Concerning Mkhitaryan's behaviour 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."

This will do little to quell the speculation that the talented Armenian playmaker is on his way to Merseyside, with the Anfield club continually linked with a bid for the player.

Palkin has done his best to hose down the rumours, insisting that no official contact has been made from Liverpool regarding the Armenian.

"I am certain that the negotiations between them (Mkhitaryan and Liverpool) is just rumour," he added. "No offer for Mkhitaryan has been made at Shakhtar."

Liverpool has gone on a big recruitment drive since disappointing last term and Mkhitaryan is seen as another piece to the puzzle.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has already secured the signature of Kolo Toure on a free transfer, along with the purchases of Spanish pair Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto.

Rodgers is likely to need further reinforcements as speculation continues regarding the future of want-away Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez.

The controversial figure is said to be fed up with the British media and has his heart set on a move to Real Madrid.

More will surely come out about this move when the striker returns from international duty with Uruguay, as they prepare for a Confederations Cup semi-final showdown with tournament hosts Brazil.

 

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