Speaking to profutbol, and quoted by the Daily Mail, Andriy Yarmolenko has admitted that he is set to leave Dynamo Kyiv this summer, having completed his promise of winning the Ukrainian league title.
The 25-year-old said: “I think that right now is the perfect time to change clubs. I promised that until we become champions, I was not going anywhere. I kept my promise, we became champions. The president knows that I want to leave, I have repeatedly spoken about this.”
Yarmolenko, a talented winger with 48 international caps to his name, has been linked with both Spurs and Liverpool as per the same Mail article.
A summer move has looked on the cards for many months now, and with Kyiv winning the league, and his contract expiring at the end of next season, the Ukrainian giants will be pushed to sell as soon as possible.
Yarmolenko has only played for Kyiv, and as a right sided winger, who can also play in the centre, he has netted 95 goals and registered 64 assists in 260 games. He has experience of winning silverware, and playing in European competition, and is pushing for a move despite Kyiv securing automatic qualification for the group stages of next season’s Champions League.
These comments will certainly delight both Spurs and Liverpool fans, with Yarmolenko the kind of world class winger that both should be targeting to progress from perennial underachievers to top four contenders.
He is clearly keen on securing a move this summer, and both clubs can offer Europa League football and a consistent place in the first-team squad, making a signing seem very likely. However, the same report claims both clubs will also face interest from PSG, who can entice Kyiv to sell with a higher transfer fee than either of the Premier League duo.