Everton have announced their interest in the winger and they looked to be favourites to sign the Dinamo Kiev player. With Barcelona's interest now growing, the Catalans might just hijack the anticipated transfer and attempt to sign the Ukrainian.
Better deal for Everton or Barcelona?
There are obvious pros and cons for both sides if they were to sign Yarmolenko but it seems too unlikely that Barca will make a move for him.
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Everton are looking to sell Kevin Mirallas and are in desperate need of someone to link up with Romelu Lukaku at the top of their strikeforce.
Yarmolenko seems like the perfect player to do so, especially after two really impressive performances against the Toffees in last year's Europa League.
Barcelona on the other hand, have already signed Arda Turan and Alex Vidal. Two players that can play on both wings if necessary and there doesn't seem to be a point in signing Yarmolenko. Indeed, Barcelona have the best strikeforce in the world, with Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi all regularly featuring in Barca's lineup.
Yarmolenko would simply have no place in such a talented squad and it seems very unlikely that Luis Enrique would bid for a player who would also have a hard time settling in Spain.
What to expect
It definitely seems as if Everton will sign Yarmolenko this summer, or at least try to before Barcelona bid if they are indeed interested. For Luis Enrique's side, Celta Vigo's Nolito seems like a more likely target as he already plays in La Liga and has been linked with the Catalans already this summer before Pedro's move was official.
No amount has been mentioned yet but with Yarmolenko's market value of £25 million, any transfer offer from Everton could be of around £30 to £35 million as Dinamo Kiev will not let their star player leave for any less than that.
Another reason to believe that Barcelona will NOT go for the Ukrainian is that Celta Vigo have told the Blaugranas that on September 1st, Nolito's buy-out clause will go from €18m to €30m, forcing Luis Enrique to make a bid before the end of the transfer window.
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