The January transfer window may sit on the cusp of it’s final week, but major deals are proving frustrating in their elusiveness.
Unless, that is you are Manchester United, who, according to the Daily Express, are close to securing the signature of Dinamo Kiev centre-half Aleksandar Dragovic.
It seems the Old Trafford side have not been put off by Dragovic’s having professed a love of Arsenal when quizzed about any potential transfer, with the 23-year-old quoted as saying:
“If something is on the table, I’ll look at it myself. I cannot influence anything. But yes, Arsenal is a childhood dream.”
Unfortunately for traders in transfer truths the mid-top’s headline sub-editors may have gone slightly over the top with the following offering on this particular deal:
“Manchester United AGREE £15m deal for Austrian defender Aleksandar Dragovic”.
Further down the same report the paper’s Ben Jefferson subsequently reveals:
“Reports in Austria claim that United have lodged a bid with the Ukrainian club and have a lucrative contract ready to tempt Dragovic”.
Not exactly the kind of agreement that anyone has actually agreed to then.
For more information on what to expect from the former Basel stopper stay tuned for news.bwin.com’s scout report later in the day.
Elsewhere, Everton are eyeing a cheeky budget bid for another Ukraine-based talent – none other than former Liverpool target Yehven Konoplyanka.
The Anfield club were suggested to have been close to concluding a deal worth circa £20m for the Dnipro star this time last year.
However, it’s thought that he could now be acquired for around ten per cent of that outlay as his contract in Dnipropetrovsk expires this summer
Roma are already understood to have tabled a bid of just £1.87m according to the Mirror and with the Toffees’ own Kevin Mirallas in a similar situation at Goodison Park the man once dubbed ‘the Ukrainian Messi’ could prove a shrewd replacement.