Chelsea eye £12m summer move for Andriy Yarmolenko

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Chelsea are considering a summer switch for Andriy Yarmolenko, recent transfer speculation suggests.

According to The Daily Mail, the Blues are pondering a move worth £12 million for the Dynamo Kyiv man, with Yarmolenko's current employers having seemingly moved to considerably reduce his price tag.

The same source further suggests that a move to London holds an appeal for the 24-year-old, who has never played for a club outside of his native Ukraine in his fledgling career to date.

Chelsea have already moved swiftly to strengthen a squad that missed out on a trophy last season, with a deal for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa expected to be confirmed any day now.

The club also completed the impressive signing of Costa's international teammate Cesc Fabregas on Thursday, with Jose Mourinho evidently keen to ensure that Chelsea are not too adversely affected by the departure of the legendary figure of Blues stalwart and Stamford Bridge fan favourite Frank Lampard.

Used primarily as a winger, Yarmolenko is a hugely versatile player who can also be deployed as a support striker if necessary.

That aforementioned lack of experience outside of his homeland must surely come as a potential concern to Chelsea fans, although it is certainly worth highlighting that he has already won 39 senior caps for Ukraine, in which he has a healthy record of 15 goals.

Unfortunately, defeat to France at the play-off stage of World Cup qualification has prevented Yarmolenko from appearing at this summer's tournament in Brazil, although you would certainly imagine that Chelsea have already scouted him thoroughly at domestic level to be at the stage where they are seriously pondering an offer.

An absence from the World Cup would also presumably make a deal easier to negotiate and Mourinho, in the event that he did sanction such a move, will surely be hoping that Yarmolenko proves easier to obtain than compatriot Yevhen Konoplyanka, who saw a move to Liverpool fall through during the final stages of the January transfer window.

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