Amid rampant speculation surrounding his future, reported Everton and Tottenham Hotspur target Yevhen Konopylanka has been speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport in an attempt to bring some clarity to the situation.
Konoplyanka, 25, is out of contract with current club Dnipro at the end of the season and, with his sights set on a move elsewhere, has continued to be linked to a number of clubs this month.
Both Everton and Tottenham Hotspur have been chasing the Ukraine international’s £7 million signature, per the Daily Mail, but Roma have also emerged to rival Premier League competition.
Dnipro director of sport Andriy Stetsenko revealed to the club’s official website on Tuesday that a deal with the Serie A giants was almost agreed and a medical due to take place later this week, with the player given a few days to mull over his future.
That was followed by claims in France Football that the talented wide man was stalling on a move to the Italian capital in the hopes of sealing a switch to Everton – a report which has since been backed up by Gazzetta.
Konoplyanka has now insisted that he would be interested in joining Roma, but added that he is not set to undergo a medical and has made no decision on his future at this point.
“I know there was talk that there would be a medical soon, but that's not true,” he told the Italian sports newspaper.
“I promised the President that I'd stay at Dnipro until the end of my contract. As I understand it, the two clubs have reached an agreement, but not with me.
“That's why the deal hasn't been completed.
“I like Roma, though, they're a big European club. I'm convinced that in the next few days my future will be decided.”
To make matters even more complicated, Konoplyanka’s father, Oleg, has contradicted his own son’s comments in the past 24 hours, telling Italian news agency ANSA that he would rather see out his contract at Dnipro then make a move to Serie A.
“He probably won’t sign the contract with Roma,” he said. “What I can say is that Roma would really like him to sign it, but my son wants to stay at Dnipro until June and then leave.
“He wants to stay and I think he will very probably remain here until his contract expires.”
This isn’t the first time Konoplyanka’s future during the closing week of the transfer window has been clouded in uncertainty, having infamously come close to a £15 million switch to Liverpool last January before Dnipro’s billionaire owner Ihor Kolomoyskyi refused to sanction the move at the last-minute.
It remains to be seen where he will be playing his football come February, but it does appear that Premier League clubs still have hope of landing his signature, provided they move fast.