AS Roma have joined the race to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka, the FC Dnipro winger that has attracted interest from Premier League trio Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Daily Express reports that the Ukraine international is set to leave the Dnipro-Arena after refusing to sign a new contract with Myron Markevych's side.
Konoplyanka has a £12 million buyout clause written into his current deal, but his suitors in England now appear happy to wait and sign him on a Bosman free transfer next summer.
However, Rudi Garcia's alleged interest in the player could force Louis van Gaal, Brendan Rodgers or Mauricio Pochettino into action, with the Serie 'A' giants prepared to pay money to bring Konoplyanka to Italy.
Roma are worried about losing their sought-after Serbian forward Adem Ljajic and have targeted Konoplyanka as the perfect replacement for him at Stadio Olimpico.
Dnipro might now be willing to sell the 25-year-old in a cut-price deal at the turn of the year, in order to avoid the risk of losing their star player for nothing at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
Konoplyanka will be free to speak with foreign clubs as soon as the transfer window reopens in January, which is likely to prompt a raft of enquiries from his services.
The Red Devils have already spent more than £150 million during the summer on the likes of Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Radamel Falcao, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, but Van Gaal is expected to re-enter the market again for reinforcements to continue his recruitment drive at Old Trafford.
Liverpool were also equally busy bringing a host of new players to Anfield, bankrolled by the £75 million sale of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona. But, despite their huge outlay Rodgers has failed so far failed to maintain his side's high level of performance, having made a disappointing start to the new season domestically and in Europe.
Spurs complete the trio of Premier League suitors and have been by far the quietest of the aforementioned clubs, which is a far cry from last summer's outlandish spending at White Hart Lane in the aftermath of Gareth Bale's world-record sale to Real Madrid.
It remains to be seen who will win the race for Konoplyanka's signature, but it's sure to be an exciting transfer chase for supporters to look forward to in 2015.
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