The father and agent of Yevhen Konoplyanka has told FootballUa.tv that the winger will most likely see out the remainder of his contract with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
On Tuesday Dnipro general director Andrei Stetsenko revealed that the Ukrainian outfit were in talks with Roma over the 25-year-old and a transfer agreement wasn’t far off.
Football Italia also picked up on Ukrainian reports that a medical with the Giallorossi was imminent, with Roma set to pay in the region of €14m for Konoplyanka.
Konoplyanka has been a notoriously difficult player to land in the last two winter transfer windows, with Liverpool famously coming up short on deadline day one year ago.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Tottenham had entered talks with Dnipro in an effort to at last bring the Ukraine international to the Premier League.
But Roma seemingly loomed large and Stetsenko’s statement suggested both English sides would miss out to Roma, who had previously negotiated for Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah.
Konoplyanka’s father has now come forward to throw cold water on claims that the sought-after wide-man will soon join the Giallorossi, however.
According to Vocegiallorossa, he told FootballUa.tv: “Most likely, the contract with Roma will not be signed. What I can say is that Roma would very much like that he did.
“They have a crazy desire. But my son wants to stay here until June and then leave. He wants to stay at Dnipro and I think that most likely he will stay here until the natural expiration of his contract.”
Konoplyanka’s current terms with Dnipro are set to come to an end in June, at which time, meaning the Ukrainian is free to sign a pre-contract with a side of his choosing.
It’s in turn possible that Stetsenko was keen to see a deal with Roma go through in order to make sure his club received compensation for their star.
But without Konoplyanka agreeing to the move it will be unable to go ahead, leaving the winger’s future open from the summer forward.
Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini is known to frown upon free transfers, preferring to maintain good relations with his peers by paying fees while players are still under contract.
Thus it is unclear whether the Giallorossi will end their pursuit of Konoplyanka, though the Dnipro man’s father didn’t entirely close the door on a change of heart this month.
Should Roma back away from the Ukraine international, however, Spurs and Everton would foreseeably be able to attempt to sign Konoplyanka for free with one less competitor.