According to Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma have had a €15 million bid for Chelsea target Andriy Yarmolenko rejected by Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kiev.
The flying winger has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in the past but it now it appears that Chelsea are in for his signature.
Speculation regarding a move to Stamford Bridge hasn’t gone much further than that, though what is almost certain is that the 24-year-old will leave Dynamo Kiev this summer as a result of political tension in the area.
At 6ft 2inch, Andriy Yarmolenko is quick and powerful and with a strike record from a wide area of 54 goals in 154 games for the Kiev side, he could provide Chelsea with an alternative to the likes of Willian, Oscar and Eden Hazard who are all small in stature.
Dynamo Kiev, however, aren’t willing to let him go lightly as the report goes on to say that they felt Roma’s €15 million bid plus add-ons was some way short of their €25 million valuation.
It’s an excessive price for a player with little Champions League experience, and one which could see the Italians and Chelsea both walk away from this summer and move on to other potential targets.
Andriy Yarmolenko has represented Ukraine 39 times, scoring 15 goals including one in the 2-0 victory over France in the home-leg of the World Cup play-off.
During a match friendly against Uruguay in September 2011, he set a record by scoring 14 seconds into the match, the fastest time a Ukraine player has found the net for the national team.