'Ukrainian Messi' should be Premier League priority

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Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool should all be on the trail of the 'Ukrainian Lionel Messi' Yevhen Konoplyanka.

It would be a surprise if all of Arsene Wenger, David Moyes, Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers were not aware of the 23-year-old, who has been making waves for the Ukraine national team and his club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

While showing good promise in his teens, Konoplyanka has struggled to impose himself when playing against the best opposition on the international stage, which could have something to do with him remaining in Ukraine up to this point.

However, this is starting to change and, after something of a subdued Euro 2012 at home, the diminutive attacker announced himself to the English press with a screamer against Roy Hodgson's side at Wembley.

This was nothing new to Dnipro fans, who have been seeing him do incredible things for the past few years he has been in the first team, but it may not be for a too much longer.

Konoplyanka's agent, James Lippett, told The Mirror that a Premier League club had had a bid for him turned down during the summer, with his club looking for significantly more than was on the table.

This little playmaker is immensely skilful, he has an eye for a pass and, as you saw above, knows where the goal is. All this, added to versatility in forward positions, could make him the perfect addition for the game being developed under Rodgers as Liverpool, with his nippy trio of attacking midfielders supporting a central striker.

Konoplyanka seems a typical Arsene Wenger signing; small, technically gifted and, probably, cheap for a player of his talents. Arsenal are blessed with an abundance of playmakers, but he is arguably at his best when coming in off the wing.

Creativity is his forte and that is has been highlighted as somehwere Manchester United are lacking, with Moyes getting criticised for failing to bring in a new midfielder to address the problem of supplying Robin Van Persie.

Chelsea definitely so not need Konoplyanka, but they bought Willian when already in possession of a few small attacking midfielders, so who's to say Roman Abramovich wouldn't add another unnecessarily.

We could see a move happen in January too, as Lippett confirmed he expected the side that had a bid turned down in the summer to go back in for Konoplyanka, as well as some of the trams just mentioned.

"Dnipro rate the player very highly and have no need to sell, but would expect €20million for him," he added.

"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.

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

Whether Konoplyanka would fetch as much as Lippett claims Dnipro want is debatable, but he would represent a sound investment for any of the more prominent Premier League sides.

He might not quite be up to Lionel's standard, but the 'Ukrainian Messi' is definitely one to watch...and want.

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