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Mkhitaryan stalemate rolls on

Created on 04 Jul., 2013 1:54 PM GMT

Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin says there have been no new offers tabled for in-demand Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Mkhitaryan has been heavily linked with a move to English Premier League side Liverpool throughout the transfer window, as Brendan Rodgers attempts to build a squad capable of challenging for top honours.

Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund have earmarked the midfielder as the ideal replacement for Mario Goetze, but the Bundesliga outfit have already had a bid turned down.

Mkhitaryan, who netted 25 goals for the Ukrainian champions last season, has refused to report for pre-season training as the transfer saga drags on.

But despite the 24-year-old's unhappiness, Palkin claims no new offers have been made, while he has also quashed rumours of a reported release clause of 22 million euros.

"There is nothing new about Mkhitaryan," Palkin told Ukrainian website

"I already have said that Borussia Dortmund offered 23 million euros for him; this was the sole offer (but) our position is 30 million euros.

"Mkhitaryan's contract does not specify a compensation payment. Thirty million dollars needs to be paid to sever the contract unilaterally.

"If we go with the civilised way and sell a player but he severs the contract, we specify a transfer value of 30 million euros (25 million pounds)."

Mkhitaryan has won seven trophies with Shakhtar since joining Mircea Lucescu's men from Ukrainian rivals Metalurh Donetsk in 2010.