Dynamo Kyiv president Ihor Surkis has played down chances of Andriy Yarmolenko joining either Stoke City or Everton, as they apparently do not befit a player of his ability, reports the Guardian – who mention Liverpool as a likely alternative.
The 26-year-old has been with the Ukrainians since 2007, scoring 113 goals in total, and it’s actually surprising that he still hasn’t made a move to a major European club yet.
It looks certain that he’ll depart this summer though, as these quotes by Surkis indicate:
“If I get an offer that will suit Dynamo and Yarmolenko wants to go to this club, I’ll let him. All talk of a transfer will begin after the Euros,” he began.
“He is already a top player, so he should go to a top club. My position is that we should not let Yarmolenko go to such clubs as Everton and Stoke City. Dynamo is Dynamo and Stoke City is Stoke. We’re playing in the Champions League, and Stoke City are fighting for survival.
“If we receive an offer that will suit the club and suit the player, no one will hold him back,” added Surkis.
“I, as president of the club, had a winter offer from China completely arranged, but Yarmolenko did not even come to the meeting with the sports director of the Chinese squad.
“Andriy said that dreams to play in the Bundesliga and the English Premier League. The situation compared to last year is completely different, for example, Borussia Dortmund came to us two days before the transfer window closed.”
Yarmolenko’s agent Vadim Shabliy met with Liverpool chiefs in London last week, as proven by this Instagram post. The Express claim he’d cost around £25m, which is undeniably a hefty fee for a player who’s largely untested at the highest level.
The winger likes to play on the right flank where he can cut in and shoot with his wicked left-foot. It’s in this role that he guarantees double figure goals every season, but it does make him quite one dimensional as an attacking threat.
The links though suggest Liverpool are keen on signing a marquee attacking midfielder this summer, with our interest in Mario Gotze and Javier Pastore also well publicised.