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Arsenal & Man United Battle to Sign ‘Ukrainian Messi’ Yevhen Konoplyanka

Old Trafford and Emirates Stadium side readying moves for young playmaker.

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Premier League clubs Manchester United and Arsenal are understood to be readying bids to sign Ukrainian star Yevhen Konoplyanka, reports talkSPORT.

The Dnipro playmaker is regarded as one of the most talented youngsters across Europe, and could be a bargain buy this summer for the top teams. United and Arsenal are both interested in signing the winger, as well as German duo Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg.

Konoplyanka, dubbed the ‘Ukrainian Messi’ by their media outlets, has shone for Dnipro in recent seasons, and is set for a move to one of Europe’s elite clubs this summer. Available for around £13million this summer, the winger was a member of Ukraine’s European Championship side in 2012, where he was impressive, and also scored a scorcher against England in World Cup qualification.

Konoplyanka’s agent, James Lippett, of World in Motion, told talkSPORT: “Yevhen is very highly rated amongst the top teams in England and Germany. The question is simply whether these clubs can meet Dnipro’s valuation and the player’s expectations”.

United and Arsenal are both in the market this summer for attacking options. United, under David Moyes, appear to have given up hope in their pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo, and with Nani set to be axed this summer, Konoplyanka would be an excellent addition long-term. Arsenal are too preparing for sales of some of their attacking options. With Gervinho and Lukas Podolski linked with moves elsewhere, the Dnipro attacker has been noted as a potential replacement.


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