Jose Mourinho showed up in a hoodie to watch Ukraine take on Spain at the start of this week, and ever since then, the Andriy Yarmolenko rumors have exploded. Thanks, Jose's Jedi mind tricks!
Then again, perhaps there is something behind all the noise.
Vadim Shabliy: "Most of the clubs that the press spoke about made concrete offers for Andriy. I won't go into details."— FutbolUkraine (@FutbolUkraine) October 16, 2015
Vadim Shabliy: "We're continuing to work on Yarmolenko's transfer. The contract was signed so that all parties would calm down."— FutbolUkraine (@FutbolUkraine) October 16, 2015
Vadim Shabliy: "Yarmolenko's preferred destination? My priority is to get him to play in the English Premier League. That is his desire."— FutbolUkraine (@FutbolUkraine) October 16, 2015
Vadim Shabliy: "We are continuing to work on Yarmolenko's transfer. The contract doesn't change anything. The player continues to work."— FutbolUkraine (@FutbolUkraine) October 16, 2015
Vadim Shabliy, Yarmolenko's agent, has been in talks with Everton since the summer, but with Martinez & Co dragging their feet, he seems to be putting out feelers elsewhere, too. Liverpool, Chelsea, amongst others, have been linked recently.
Meanwhile, Dynamo Kiev have taken the appropriate steps to ensure that they do not lose their player without compensation. Yarmolenko's contract was set to expire at the end of the season, but on Friday, he signed a new four-year extension.
"I still want that [to test myself in the best foreign leagues]. I know that if Dynamo get really worthy offers we'll find an option that satisfies everyone."
"I want the club to get good compensation for me. I could have left for free in a while, but that would have been wrong."
"I am 100 per cent a Dynamo player. Our team is like my second family. That's why I keep doing my best to benefit the club."
-Andriy Yarmolenko; source: Dynamo Kiev via Goal
He's basically good as gone.
Dynamo President Surkis "I know that Yarmolenko prefers English Premier League where he can progress further" #ChelseaFC— FutbolUkraine (@FutbolUkraine) October 16, 2015
@MitchellDenisov Surkis "nobody watches Bundesliga". Thats was he reply to BVB offer. He wants to sell Yarmolenko to England or Spain— FutbolUkraine (@FutbolUkraine) October 16, 2015
While it still doesn't make much sense for Chelsea to truly get involved in this one, it's something to keep half an eye on anyway as we inch closer to January and possibly much-needed reinforcements.