Yevhen Konoplyanka’s proposed move to Liverpool on transfer deadline day looked set to be a done deal, until it was revealed at the last minute that the transfer did not materialize.
Liverpool managing director Ian Arye had travelled to Ukraine a couple of days ahead of the transfer deadline day to complete the deal for the winger, but had to return empty handed after failing to reach an agreement with Konoplyanka’s club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
Konoplyanka’s agent Oliver Cabrera had earlier blamed Dnipro for the deal falling through, accusing the club for holding up the deal despite Liverpool meeting the winger’s release clause.
However, Dnipro Executive Director Andriy Rusol has now refuted the claims and has hit back at Liverpool for their failure to complete the deal in time. Rusol said that his side could not sanction the sale of Konoplyanka unless they had received the money for the winger and revealed that the Reds did not fulfill their obligation before the deadline had passed.
Rusol said, “The president could not keep the midfielder because his contract spelled out the specific amount of compensation.”
“In fact, the British did not have time to complete the transaction. Our club could not sign the documents until our account received the money. And they did not receive anything before the deadline.”
Rusol went on to say that the club’s owner Igor Kolomoisky permission to proceed with the deal immediately and laid the blame on Ian Ayre for arriving late at the Eastern European country.
He continued, “Igor Kolomoisky gave the go-ahead immediately. It is not our fault, Liverpool representatives could have arrived a day or two earlier. Up to the deadline we were waiting for the transfer of money from Liverpool. But this did not happen.”
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had been looking to reinforce his side in January to strengthen the Reds’ hopes of winning a Champions League spot. However, after losing out on the signing of Mohamed Salah to Chelsea, failing to secure the services of Konoplyanka meant that Rodgers suffered a double blow and was not able to bring-in a new recruit during the January transfer window.