The final chapter of the Yevhen Konoplyanka transfer chronicles is being penned, with the once coveted, then forgotten Ukrainian winger set to pledge his future to Sevilla.
As is the case with most things involving the former Dnipro man, there is an element of mystery surrounding the deal.
The results of a medical will determine whether the signing can be completed, but news the move is on comes just a week after the Europa League winners withdrew their offer following Konoplyanka’s failure to sign within a deadline both parties agreed upon.
Sevilla’s standpoint on tardiness seems to have softened, meaning we now know for certain that the 25-year-old will not be joining Tottenham or Liverpool this summer.
Both parties were embroiled in an intense squabble over his services predating the previous transfer window, with the pair willing to pay up £20m for him when the feuding was at its height.
After failing to land the 45-cap international, their interest disintegrated and, bizarrely, was never rekindled throughout the protracted period that saw his price whittle away to nothing.
Explaining as to why neither Premier League outfit re-entered the race for his services is not an easy task with Liverpool recently paying £29m – the second highest sum spent on a single player in their history – to sign Roberto Firmino, who it is assumed, will be deployed in a similar position to where Konoplyanka is best utilised.
Spurs, meanwhile, have seemingly dropped a formerly raging interest in adding to their populace of wide players, or so the shortage of links from the rumourologists would suggest.
Available for nothing, Konoplyanka would’ve proved a capable and cost-effective solution to their respective quandaries, yet they’ve both assumed observing berths as he saunters to Sevilla.
The Andaluscian outfit share a similar standing in La Liga as the Lilywhites and Reds do in the Premier League; hovering around the top-four periphery, hoping for a lapse from the gatekeepers that would allow them to skip north of the border.
If the Ukraine ace is deemed good enough to help Sevilla achieve this goal, surely he could’ve aided Spurs or Liverpool’s cause in the same way.