Liverpool were busy on Transfer Deadline day - attempting to wrap up the signing of impressive Ukrainian international Yevhen Konoplyanka on a lucrative deal from Dnipro Dniproprovetsk.
It was a deal that went right to the wire - with the player even completing a medical - and even after Big Ben chimed 11pm it seemed a deal might have been brokered in time.
But it was not long until it was confirmed that Liverpool had missed out on their man.
It was subsequently reported in the British press that the deal collapsed due to the Dnipro owner Igor Kolomoysky.
It was said that he had vetoed the deal at the last minute - refusing to let the player leave the club, as he is a major asset.
Now, the club have spoken out in relation to the botched deal - releasing an interview on their official website.
The clubs executive director Andriy Rusol has been speaking about the deal - and seemed to lay most of the blame at Liverpool’s door for the failure of the deal.
First he explained, that even if the president wanted to veto any deal, he couldn’t - as he has a release clause in his contract that was met by The Reds:
“First, the president could not keep midfielder, because his contract spelled out the specific amount of compensation. In fact, the British did not have time to complete the transaction. Our club could not sign documents shuttle until the account is not received money. And they have not received before the deadline.”
He then moved on to make it clear that it was not Dnipro’s fault - saying that Liverpool did not move the necessary funds quick enough, and that they could have made a move for the player earlier:
“Igor Kolomoisky gave the go-ahead for the deal immediately, as soon as between the clubs had reached an agreement on all issues concerning the sale of a player. Another thing is that the time to complete this transition, not a lot left. But it is not our fault, representatives of Liverpool could arrive a day or two earlier.”
So it appears that Liverpool are to blame according to the Ukrainian club - but as for Konoplyanka, he seems on his way at some point, whether Liverpool will get him remains to be seen:
“Yevhen (is) a very strong person and a true professional, he knows that his move to a big club, it is only a matter of time.”
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