West Ham United are ready to release Euro 2020 star Andriy Yarmolenko with the Ukraine international demanding a £75,000-a-week contract at his new club, as reported by Haber365.
Should Yarmolenko depart on a free transfer, West Ham will have sold three players who cost the club nearly £100 million at a staggering £80 million loss since the turn of the year.
Sebastien Haller returned to the Netherlands with Ajax for a cut-price fee in January, while both Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko could have their eye-watering contracts torn into a million tiny pieces before the end of the summer.
Anderson is closing in on a return to Lazio – manager Maurizio Sarri rather let the cat out of the bag on Friday – while Yarmolenko appears to be on his way to Turkey, his reputation enhanced by a couple of fine performances at Euro 2020.
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Haber365 reports that Super Lig champions Besiktas have held talks as they look to bring in a winger capable of potentially replacing the departed Leicester City loanee Rachid Ghezzal.
Istanbul-based rivals Fenerbahce have leapt to the front of the queue, however, with new manager Vitor Pereira desperate to bring in the former Borussia Dortmund forward.
West Ham will not stand in Yarmolenko’s way, either, with one of the club’s highest earners tumbling down the pecking order since David Moyes’ 2019 arrival.
Moyes tends to prioritise work-rate over technical ability, with the hard-running Pablo Fornals now preferred out wide these days.
Haber365 believe that Fenerbahce are in negotiations with Yarmolenko’s agent, with a deal understood to be close.
It remains to be seen, however, if an injury-prone 31-year-old is willing to reduce his eye-watering wage demands with £75,000 potentially too expensive.