Shakhtar Donetsk star Henrikh Mkhitaryan has failed to report for the club’s pre-season training camp amid rumours that he is trying to force through a move to Liverpool.
The Armenia international has been widely tipped to move to the Reds in a £23 million deal, but the transfer has not yet materialised. The midfielder now faces a fine from his current club after failing to turn up to pre-season training.
Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin said: “Mkhitaryan did not come to the training session on Monday, 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.
“All the questions about Mkhitaryan’s behaviour should be addressed to him.”
Palkin also indicated that the 24-year-old’s move to Anfield might not be as near as some reports have suggested.
He added: “I am certain that the negotiations between them is just rumour.
“No offer for Mkhitaryan has been made at Shakhtar.”