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Konoplyanka Deal on the Verge of Collapse

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Reports out of Ukraine suggest Liverpool's attempt to capture Yevhen Konoplyanka could end in failure with Dnipro deciding they do not want to sell the player.

Alex Livesey

Liverpool fans already fearing the worst with a little more than six hours to go on deadline day face potentially crushing news, with quotes credited to Yevhen Konoplyanka's representatives emerging that suggest any deal to bring the winger to Anfield is all but dead with his current club not wanting to sell. If true, to call this a very, very bad thing would be a very, very big understatement.

As passed along by the Liverpool Echo from the Mirror which sourced the news from quotes originally published by bastions of journalistic irresponsibility Goal.com, Konoplyanka's representatives have said Dnipro have decided they don't want to sell the player and called any deal "very unlikely" at this stage. While a deal isn't completely off, it may now be edging towards collapse.

"We are still working but the problems aren't coming from the player," said Oliver Cabrera, owner of the OML Sports & Marketing agency that represents Konoplyanka. "We have a very good relationship with [Dnipro's] president [Ihor] Kolomoyskyi and he doesn't want to sell the player. We aren't sure about whether we will find a solution but we are working."

We aren't sure, though, isn't the same as impossible, and Cabrera went on to reiterate that the deal wasn't dead yet. There is as yet no news to support or counter these latest reports from the Liverpool side of the negotiations, and with it believed the player wants the move this may simply be an effort on Dnipro's part to squeeze a few extra pounds out of the deal.