Yet again Liverpool's prudence in the transfer market is costing them in signing a player. Liverpool are said to be sticking with their £16 million evaluation of Konoplyanka, and whilst Dnipro value the winger at around the same price, there is a twist.
Dnipro will only accept a deal if the full sum is paid to them. On the other hand, Liverpool want to pay Dnipro in installments. Originally, it was thought Liverpool would have the upper hand in the negotiations as Konoplyanka's contract is nearing its end (expiring in 2015). However, the owner of Dnipro (Ihor Kolomoykyi) is a multi-billionaire; the second richest in Ukraine and his wealth is in the top 50 in the world.
Simply put, he has no need to sell players on the cheap, especially as Dnipro are fighting to win the Ukrainian League and Konoplyanka is their star player maintaining their charge.
Even more ominously, Konoplyanka's agent Oliver Cabrera had this to say to Goal.com:
"We have a very good relationship with the president Ihor Kolomoyskyi and he doesn’t want to sell the player."
"Yehven and his father respect that so a move is very unlikely".
A consolation for Liverpool is that the player is determined to make a move to Liverpool; perhaps with this in mind the player will somehow force a move through. As quoted from the Daily Star:
"I'm excited about it and soon everyone will know where I will play".
"Is it very serious with Liverpool? I am shocked myself at how serious it is. I think in the near future everything will become clear."