Yevhen Konoplyanka explains why he turned down Inter Milan move

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Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Stoke City.

Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka has told reporters that he turned down a move to Italian giants Inter Milan because he wants to play in a European competition next season, TMW report.

The Ukraine international is arguably the hottest property on the market this summer, a potential top-quality winger on a free transfer after he allowed his contract at Dnipro to wind down.

As per a report in the Daily Star, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Stoke City are all keen on his services and the Premier League trio will be boosted by the player’s fondness of the English top-flight.

His future is set to be announced soon, as confirmed by his father Oleg Konoplyanka in an interview quoted by Sevilla-based paper Eldesmarque, but one suitor which can be ruled out is Serie A giants Inter Milan.

"Next season I want to go to a team that will participate in one of the European cups. Therefore, I can’t accept a proposal from Inter," he explained when asked about a potential move to the Nerazzurri.

Who are the favourites for his signature?

Of the three reported English suitors, Tottenham Hotspur are arguably a more favourable proposition than Liverpool and Stoke due to a number of differing circumstances.

Spurs can offer European football via the Europa League, and they are more likely than the Potters to challenge for a Champions League place via a top four spot in the Premier League next season.

While Liverpool are without doubt the most recognised suitor, the Reds have heavy competition for places in the attacking positions, whereas Spurs are crying out for a ball-carrying winger.

Last season, Erik Lamela topped the charts with an average of 1.7 take-ons per match, an alarmingly low figure and below the 2.3 average Konoplyanka set during his side’s superb Europa League run.

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