In a matter of days, Andriy Yarmolenko went from a player nobody had been linked with to being the subject of a €23million bid from the Reds.
According to Sky Italia, Liverpool have officially made a €23million bid for the Ukrainian playmaker.
For anybody who has watched Ukraine’s progress throughout the World Cup qualification stages, or Dynamo Kiev’s progression through the Champions League qualification stages, the shock bid is destined to fill them with excitement for the potential arrival of 23-year-old Yarmolenko.
The powerful winger registers a goal every three games for Dynamo Kiev, whilst he has added just as many assists since he broke into the Kiev first team.
The physically imposing winger would bring plenty of pace and trickery to Anfield and he is perfectly suited to play in the Premier League. Yarmolenko loves to cut inside from the wing, and he won’t hesitate about striking the ball from 30 yards.
Yarmolenko is probably not the “marquee” signing which Liverpool fans were hoping for, although there are clear signs that the Ukrainian will thrive in the Premier League.
Strong performances throughout the Champions League and at international level will certainly ease any Liverpool concerns that Yarmolenko can only perform in one of Europe’s lesser leagues.
Therefore, Liverpool fans should not be disheartened, despite failing to capture Chelsea’s £30 million striker Willian last week.
Moreover, the bid for Yarmolenko reveals that Liverpool are not financially dependent on the sale of Luis Suarez, the transfer bid is also a testament towards Brendan Rodgers' desire to strengthen the squad which he has at his disposal.
Nevertheless, Yarmolenko has been in the shadows of the European transfer market since last year, after AC Milan launched a €20 million bid which Dynamo Kiev swiftly rejected.
Yarmolenko’s agent, Mikhail Gulardava said: “Milan made a €20 milllion bid for Yarmolenko, but the only way to tempt Kiev’s president is to make an offer that he can’t refuse.”
“My client obviously wants to play for a club like Milan. He would like to follow in the footsteps of Shevchenko. Premier League clubs are also interested.”
Ukraine legend, and Dynamo Kiev teammate Andriy Shevchenko told Yahoo Sport: “Yarmolenko is a great player, talented and quick. Even though he doesn’t play in my position up front, he still manages to score plenty of goals. If he works hard, he could reach the highest level like I did.”
Consequently, Yarmolenko’s price tag may sound severely inflated to Liverpool fans who have never seen him play, although those who are aware of his star potential will confirm that Yarmolenko’s arrival at Anfield will instantly make Liverpool a more potent goal threat as they strive towards achieving their aim of qualifying for the Champions League.
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