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Chelsea 'almost certain' to bid for Yarmolenko — report

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More on Jose Mourinho's visit to Kiev's Olympic Stadium (where Dynamo Kiev will host Chelsea on Tuesday) today in the Spanish press, who are keenly interested in Andriy Yarmolenko as they believe the winger will be heading to Barcelona.  Unless Mourinho gets his way.

[Mourinho] even spoke with the player's agent, Mikhail Gulordava, to see first hand their intentions.

Chelsea will make firm offer almost certainly in the coming weeks.

-source: SPORT via Google Translate

As usual, any such declarations should be approached with plenty of skepticism, especially when they're coming from the Spanish press and especially when they involve transfers in positions of no great need.  We did just sign a perfectly adequate option for the wing in Pedro, for example, and while our entire attack is greatly misfiring at the moment, one would have to believe they'll revert to form and the mean sooner rather than later.

SPORT do believe that Yarmolenko would prefer to go to Spain over England, so just like with any deals that may interest Barcelona as well (read: Pogba, Koke), the time for Chelsea to make our move would be in January.  That said, I don't really see any reason for us to make this move — our four senior attackers are very well supported by youngsters Kenedy and Bertrand Traoré — but then again, I also didn't really see a need to buy Schürrle or Willian or Salah or Cuadrado either when there were gaping holes that went unfilled elsewhere in the squad.