Five destinations for deadly Dynamo Kiev forward Andriy Yarmolenko
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been tipped by Coral’s media partners talkSPORT to make a move for 10/1 Europa League chances Dynamo Kiev‘s in-form Ukraine forward Andriy Yarmolenko, but the Portuguese boss faces stern competition from other top European clubs.
Following heated speculation surrounding the superb striker’s future, our football experts outline five possible destinations for the attacker this summer.
Mourinho’s Blues are massively odds-on 1/16 favourites with Coral to win the Premier League title after climbing to a dominating lead at the table’s summit. However, the Portuguese boss will be keen to boost his attacking options this summer to make a genuine push for European silverware at Stamford Bridge.
Yarmolenko possesses a sharp eye for goal and would provide the west London outfit with further ferocious options alongside Spain international striker Diego Costa. The sought-after Ukrainian is also versatile in the forward line, a quality which Chelsea’s manager is always keen to implement in his attackers.
Los Che have struggled to find an out-an-out rampant goalscorer since the departure of Roberto Soldado, and Yarmolenko could be the man to boost their attempts to secure success on a domestic and European front next term.
Regular La Liga action could be enough to lure the 25-year-old to the Mestalla this summer, a league in which he could potentially become a massive success with his astute attacking attributes. Yarmolenko looks almost certain to have European football of one sort of another at the Bats, who currently hold a five-point cushion in a Champions League place.
Yarmolenko began the current campaign valued at a substantial £10m but, after striking an incredible 15 goals so far this season, the Ukrainian sharpshooter has increased his apparent price-tag to twice that.
Mega-rich French champions PSG, odds-on 4/11 favourites to retain, would have no problem in a bidding war for the Dynamo danger-man, and he could bolster Laurent Blanc’s strikeforce for the immediate future. Swedish sensation Zlatan Ibrahimovic is always a threat, but is nearing the latter stages of his career, meaning Yarmolenko could be a possible rampant reinforcement.
The Rossoneri’s Ukrainian connections run deep, having signed club legend Andriy Shevchenko from Yarmolenko’s current employers Kiev before the turn of the century.
Dynamo’s newest goalscoring hero has been likened to their former captain, who returned to the club for a second spell in 2013, following a stuttering stint at Chelsea.
Yarmolenko could follow in the footsteps of the great Shevchenko in arriving at the San Siro, with Milan undoubtedly keen on a new Ukraine international striker in their ranks.
Brendan Rodgers’ Reds have struggled to nail down a regular goalscorer within their set-up this season, with Daniel Sturridge enduring an injury-stricken campaign and Mario Balotelli failing to find any form at Anfield.
Yarmolenko would provide the red half of Merseyside with a huge boost in attacking outlets, with the sublime striker having netted 10 goals for Dynamo in five consecutive campaigns. A potential Premier League switch could bring Liverpool the extra attacking talent needed to finally table a title bid.
The Reds are 5/2 to secure a top four finish this season and seal a return to Europe’s elite club competition.