The January transfer window is now in full-swing across the globe, and so are the endless rumours – one player in the spotlight once again is Dynamo Kiev attacker, Andriy Yarmolenko.
The forward has scored 13 times having played 22 times for his club in all competitions this season, and recently signed a new five-year deal with the Ukrainian champions.
His previous contract was due to expire this summer; the 26-year-old was not shy to express his desires, stating that he wanted Dynamo to be fully compensated when he departs.
Yarmolenko also netted the goal that sent his nation to Euro 2016 in November – Everton, Manchester United, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are reportedly all keen on the star.
The German outfit appear to be his most likely destination – according to national newspaper Bild, sporting director Michael Zorc is believed to have travelled to Kiev after a bid in the region of £22.9m was allegedly accepted last week.
Meanwhile, Everton have been long-term admirers of the front-man; the Ukraine international scored in Kiev’s 5-2 Europa League victory against the Toffees last season and put in a man-of-the-match performance that night.
The Merseyside outfit attempted to bring the sought-after man to Goodison Park over the summer, but failed to land their target despite bidding circa-£14.25m.
No European football could hinder their chances but might hinder Premier League title challengers Arsenal, who have also been linked.
The Gunners were also reported in the media to have opened talks with the attacker recently, but whether or not there is any truth in this speculation will undoubtedly be revealed over the next few days or weeks.
Remaining in the Ukrainian capital for the time being is also by no means an unlikely outcome; the wide man stated that he was happy to stay put until an offer that suits his current employers came along.
The NSC Olimpyskiy outfit remain in the Champions League where they face English side Manchester City, having progressed to the knockout phase as group runners-up behind Chelsea.
That could be enough to see him remain until the summer, when he travels to France with his country to take part in the European Championships.
Should this be the case, both player and club could benefit if he performs well at the tournament – Dynamo Kiev will be able to command a higher fee, and Yarmolenko could get a bigger move.
Andriy Yarmolenko – profile
Date/ Place of Birth: 23rd October 1989 (Leningrad, Russian SFSR)
Position(s): attacking midfielder (left/ right), striker
Dynamo Kiev appearances/ goals: 282 appearances/ 108 goals
International appearances/ goals: 55 appearances/ 22 goals