Some nine months on from his collapsed move to Liverpool, Yevhen Konoplyanka’s future may now lie in Italy.
The Reds infamously sent a negotiation team to secure the Dnipro man’s services on deadline day in January, only to come back empty handed as the transfer window closed.
Earlier this month Konoplyanka reportedly turned down a new contract from his current employers and a January 2015 battle for his signature has in turn been mooted.
Both Liverpool and Spurs have plenty of options out wide, but with Konoplyanka’s contract set to expire next summer he is a potential bargain both clubs could jump at.
However, it appears that a pair of Serie A giants are keen to enter the fray and set the 24-year-old on course for a future in the peninsula instead of England.
The Nerazzurri have been linked with the winger since reportedly making an enquiry during last week’s trip to Ukraine to face Dnipro in the Europa League.
This interest appears to have taken off as talks are set to take place, whilst an opportunistic Milan look to have sniffed out a chance to pounce on a favourable situation.
It’s likely that the Milanese outfits will use their time with Konoplyanka’s agent to sound out wage demands long before the Ukrainian can be purchased at a discount or signed to a pre-contract agreement this winter.
For now Konoplyanka’s future continues to hang in the balance, though some definitive movement is now in the works that could determine his next move in the coming months.
Liverpool and Spurs have some serious competition on their hands if they harbour ambitions of signing him.
The cash-strapped Milan sides are foreseeably keen to get a leg up on the competition, knowing full well the advantages of acting fast in a situation such as this.
The outcome of Milan and Inter’s meetings this week with Konoplyanka’s agent may yet offer more clarity, providing insight into just how serious the pair are about bringing the Ukrainian to Serie A.