The Dutchman is interested in Konoplyanka.
Despite Liverpool nearly signing him in the January transfer window, Manchester United are now looking to bring in Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk’s Yevhen Konoplyanka in a £12m deal, reports the Mirror.
The winger was on the verge of joining the Reds earlier in 2014 before the transfer fell through at the 11th hour due to the unwillingness of Konoplyanka’s chairman to cooperate.
The Ukraine international’s agent revealed at the time that the player was extremely disappointed not to have made the switch to Anfield and Brendan Rodgers admitted the club would try and make another move in the summer.
However, the Merseysiders could be left frustrated once more as the Red Devils have been keeping tabs on Konoplyanka and may look to sign the 24-year-old themselves.
United have sent several scouting trips to watch the Dnipro star and with a £12m buyout clause the attacking midfielder’s cost would not break the bank either.
All the club are waiting on now is for newly appointed manager Louis van Gaal to approve the deal, with the Dutchman agreeing to take the reins at Old Trafford on Monday.
If this were to happen it would be the latest disappointment in the transfer market for Rodgers, having previously watched Chelsea twice snatch away a signing from under their noses in the last 12 months, with the deals to sign Willian and Mohamed Salah.
The only advantage the club has over their rivals is the fact they are playing Champions League football next season after finishing second in the Premier League in 2013/14.
United meanwhile are without European football for the first time since 1981, but the lure of working with van Gaal could still prove too good to resist for Konoplyanka.
The Ukrainian is an established star both in Europe and on the international stage and is a two-footed winger with the ability to play on either flank, or as a No.10.
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