Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk sporting director Andrey Stetsenko has revealed the club has already started finding a replacement for Yevhen Konoplyanka as his future remains unclear despite rumoured interest from the Premier League giants.
Liverpool have long been interested in signing the Ukrainian international and were keen on securing his services in the January transfer window. The Reds failed to add him to the squad due to a breakdown in the transfer on the deadline day of the mid-season window.
Manchester United are believed to be interested sealing a £12m move for Konoplyanka, while Liverpool are still believed to be in the race for the winger’s signature, according to The Guardian.
“Our scouts are working to find his replacement. Sooner or later Konoplyanka will leave Dnipro,” Sky Sports quoted Stetsenko as saying.
“We know that English, Spanish and German clubs are monitoring the situation and are interested in the player. But we have had no offers. His contract has a buyout clause worth €15m for foreign clubs. For Ukrainian clubs the buyout is more.”
“Konoplyanka spoke to me and said that if he did not have offers from foreign clubs in the future it would not be a problem. He would stay with us with pleasure and continue to play for Dnipro,” Dnipro sporting director said.
The Merseyside club’s interest in signing Konoplyanka still remains after Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted they will evaluate the situation in the summer.
“It wouldn’t stop us if we feel the player can improve us. We will review it again in the summer,” Rodgers explained.
However, Dnipro sporting director says there has been no contact from the Anfield club in signing Konoplyanka in the upcoming transfer window.
“After negotiations in the winter Liverpool did not contact us further about Konoplyanka,” Stetsenko concluded.