Former Everton winger Andrei Kanchelskis has been quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying that Dynamo Kiev star Andriy Yarmolenko should have joined the Toffees in 2016, but the deal fell through.
Yarmolenko, 27, has been a star in Ukraine having racked up 135 goals in 337 appearances for Dynamo, after initially joining the club way back in 2007 from Desna Chirnihiv.
Andriy Yarmolenko in action for Ukraine
The winger has hit double figures in goals in the last seven seasons, becoming one of the most dangerous wingers in Europe having also racked up 89 assists during his time in the Dynamo first team.
Yarmolenko, who has 29 goals in 68 caps for Ukraine, has been linked with a host of major clubs over the years, with Everton touted as possible destination for the wide man on a number of occasions.
Last summer, the Liverpool Echo reported that Everton had failed with a deadline day bid to sign Yarmolenko, with Dynamo claiming that the Toffees left it too late to sign the winger.
The Toffees have yet to be linked with a new move for Yarmolenko this summer, but if Ronald Koeman can't land Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City, then it would be no surprise to see the Ukrainian become a target for Everton once again.
Now though, former Everton winger Andrei Kanchelskis, speaking in his new autobiography 'Russian Winters', has been quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying that Yarmolenko could and should have joined Everton last summer if it wasn't for Dynamo's antics.
Andrei Kanchelskis in action for Everton
Kanchelskis suggested that Everton were initially quoted a fee of £20million for Yarmolenko, and that quickly became £25million as Dynamo kept bumping the price up, with Kanchelskis explaining that business with teams in the former Soviet Union is difficult at the best of times.
"When doing business with clubs from the former Soviet Union you have to look beneath the surface," said Kanchelskis. "There is a story of how the chairman of Dynamo Kiev is bid £5m for a player and that night he goes to the casino and loses £2m. The next day the fee rises to £7m. Andrei Yarmolenko could and should have gone from Kiev to Everton in the summer of 2016 but the price kept changing."
"Everton were quoted £20m for the forward and then it became £25m and, eventually, the deal didn’t happen. I joked to myself that the directors of Dynamo Kiev must be losing an awful lot of money in the casinos," he added.
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