Liverpool to blame for collapse of Yevhen Konoplyanka deal, claim Dnipro
Liverpool were to blame for the collapse of their attempts to sign Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, according to the Ukrainian club.
The version of events being briefed by Reds sources since the transfer deadline passed is that Dnipro’s president simply refused to sign the paperwork despite Liverpool’s bid activating a release clause in the 24-year-old’s contract.
Dnipro refute that, saying they were in no position to veto the deal – which did meet a buyout clause – but Liverpool simply left their business too late.
Managing director Andriy Rusol said: “Firstly, our president had no choice to keep the player. His contract has a specific release clause.
“The truth is Liverpool did not have time to complete the transaction. We could not sign the documents until we received the money in our account and they did not send it before the deadline.
“The president, Igor Kolomoysky gave the go-ahead for the deal as soon as the clubs reached agreement.
“The time issue was not our fault. Liverpool’s executives could have arrived a day or two earlier.”
Rusol’s claims are unlikely to pacify Reds supporters who are already furious at their own managing director Ian Ayre’s failure to complete the deal.