Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has denied having interest in signing Sevilla winger Yevhen Konoplyanka. The Blues boss was spotted in the crowd during Ukraine's recent 1-0 loss to Spain and Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu claimed that Mourinho was in Kiev to scout the 25-year-old, who was a previous target for Tottenham Hotspur.
Konoplyanka moved to Sevilla during the summer transfer window from Dnipro on a free, having previously been linked with moves to Liverpool, Spurs and Stoke City, according to the Daily Mail. The Ukraine international has made a fast start to life with the La Liga club, scoring three goals in nine appearances so far.
Lucescu said that Mourinho's trip was a scouting mission, with the player's form being desired by a Portuguese manager desperate to renew Chelsea's Premier league campaign.
"Mourinho is interested in Yevhen Konoplyanka," Lucescu said, according to Sky Sports. "I was at Ukraine versus Spain with Mourinho and he is interested in some players. Perhaps it is [Andriy] Yarmolenko or [Joao] Teixeira, if not, then it is Konoplyanka."
But speaking ahead of the resumption of Chelsea's Champions League campaign against Dynamo Kiev, whose players played a role in Ukraine's defeat to Spain, Mourinho has denied any interest in Konoplyanka. The English champions have six wide players either currently at the club or on loan and the ex-Real Madrid boss says they are overstocked.
"When people start some rumours they should think before the rumour. Why? Because Chelsea have Pedro, [Eden] Hazard, Willian, Kenedy, [Bertrand] Traore, [Juan] Cuadrado, [Victor] Moses and [Mohamed] Salah," he told a pre-match press conference according to Sky Sports. "We cannot make a collection of wingers. So when people want to find rumours they have to have to pick positions where we don't have so many."
Despite having moved to Spain in the summer, Konoplyanka has on several occasions come close to joining the Premier League. The Mirror reported in the summer that the player had previously agreed to move to Tottenham, while BBC Sport understood that Stoke were on the brink of the concluding a deal before Sevilla came calling.