Dynamo Kiev boss reveals why Andriy Yarmolenko to Everton deal didn't happen, says he could still join club in winter

The Ukrainian wing wizard could still move to Everton in the winter.

This summer it looked as though Everton were all set to pull off a transfer coup for Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko.

The Dynamo Kiev star, who has also been linked with Arsenal, Stoke City and Liverpool this summer, was reported by Sky Sports to be heading to the Premier League and joining Everton.

They reported that a £15 million move had been agreed but then, a matter of days later, Sky Sports claimed Everton’s interest was dead in the water.

Now the Ukrainian club’s president Igor Surkis has explained why the deal fell through. He says that Everton’s proposal simply came too late. He is quoted by ZN,UA as stating:

"Everton began real negotiations with me only five days ago. How can I sell Yarmolenko and put my team in a difficult position?

"Should I sell Yarmolenko and see my team humiliated in the Champions League? I don't want that.

"With Yarmolenko we have a great chance of having a great Champions League season.

"If Everton came to me early in the transfer window, I would have sold Yarmolenko. The price is right, all the details are right.

"I was satisfied with Everton's offer. I would've sold him if Everton came earlier in the transfer window."

It seems then that Everton were just a little bit too late in their move for the winger, who would be a fantastic star for the club.

However, Surkis did offer Everton fans some hope. He went on to admit that should Kiev be out of the Champions League by the opening of the English winter transfer window, then Yarmolenko would be granted his exit wish:

"If we are out of the Champions League in the winter Yarmolenko will be on offer. I will let him leave the team but I will try to restrain him. And wants it to continue to contract or not - it's his right.

“Yes, he would go to Everton. He will still be able to make a decision - to leave.

“With or without money. I will not put pressure on it. I think Andriy has no ego, we have a normal dialogue with him."

Kiev are in a Champions League group with the likes of Chelsea, Porto and Maccabi Tel-Aviv – so Everton fans will be hoping that trio can give Dynamo a real hard time in Europe this season.

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