Manchester United get huge transfer boost in pursuit of £16m attacker

Manchester United's chances of signing Yevhen Konoplyanka have been helped by his side's Champions League elimination.

Prior to Manchester United signing Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, winger Yevhen Konoplyanka was tipped as the club's first summer signing by several newspapers.

The 24-year-old Ukrainian was a prominent target for Liverpool in the January transfer window, but after failing to conclude negotiations, they moved for Lazar Markovic this summer instead.

Two months ago, Konoplyanka seemed to end United interest by declaring he wanted to play Champions League football instead.

The Manchester Evening News reported him as stating: "Man United? I'd rather stay at Dnipro and play in the Champions League."

Well now that option has been stripped away from him, after Dnipro's early exit in the second qualifying round at the hands of FC Copenhagen.

With the first leg poised at 0-0, Dnipro went down 2-0 in Denmark, and Konoplyanka was booked for his efforts.

His contract expires in June 2015, and United have a strong chance of tempting Dnipro into a sale, especially as they have been stripped of any potential Champions League group stage income they may have been counting on.

Konoplyanka scored nine goals and provided 13 assists for Dnipro last season.

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