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United join PSG in Konoplyanka hunt

Yevhen Konoplyanka is one of the most in demand players in Europe this summer.

Manchester United are interested in Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka but face competition for his signature from Paris Saint-Germain, a source has told ESPN FC.

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Scouts from Old Trafford have watched the 24-year-old, who has a 15 million euro buyout clause in his contract with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

Konoplyanka is not new United manager Louis van Gaal's top target as the Dutchman looks to strengthen his attacking options but he figures on a shortlist of prospective recruits.

The Ukraine international almost joined Liverpool in January, when chief executive Ian Ayre travelled to Ukraine to try and tie up a late deal, but the move broke down at the end of the transfer window.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers retains an interest in Konoplyanka but a new bid has not been made as the Premier League runners-up are focused on pursuing Southampton captain Adam Lallana instead.

Tottenham are also keen on Konoplyanka while Arsenal, too, are monitoring his situation -- along with a pair of Bundesliga clubs who have not yet raised the necessary funds to make an offer.

But Paris Saint-Germain, for whom money remains no object, want to add him to their star-studded squad and are the likeliest to trigger his buyout clause, which could force his other suitors into action.

The ambitious Konoplyanka is keen to play for one of Europe's major clubs and Dnipro have been preparing for his departure.

Sporting director Andrey Stetsenko was quoted in the Guardian last month as saying: "Our scouts are working to find his replacement. Sooner or later Konoplyanka will leave Dnipro.

"We know that English, Spanish and German clubs are monitoring the situation and are interested in the player. But we have had no offers. His contract has a buyout clause worth 15 million euros for foreign clubs."


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