Chelsea and Arsenal told to cough up for Ukraine ace

Yevhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro)Dnipro Dnipropretovsk have told Premier League clubs that they will have to make a significant offer to secure the signature of Yevhen Konoplyanka.

The Ukrainian international – who will feature against England tonight – attracted much attention over the summer, with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all thought to be keen.

The 23-year-old has emerged as one of his nation’s top attacking talents in recent years, and has been lauded for his pace and technical ability.

It is expected that interest in Konoplyanka’s services will increase again in 2014, but his agent, John Lippett, says that any potential suitors will have to make a big offer, after an unnamed side saw a £10m bid rebuffed recently.

“There was a bid of around £10million from a Premier League club this summer, who we expect to go back in for him in January,” Lippett told The Mirror.

“Dnipro rate the player very highly and have no need to sell, but would expect €20million (£16.8m) for him.”

Lippett went on to suggest that all of England’s top clubs are monitoring his client, and that a move next summer is a realistic proposition.

“We know that there are top six clubs in England and also in the Bundesliga that are looking at him for next summer, but we will have to see what happens,” he added.

“Of course the player would be very interested in testing himself at that sort of level.”

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