Dynamo Kyiv defender Vitaly Mykolenko to complete Everton move 'in the coming days'
Ukraine left-back Vitaly Mykolenko is set to be announced as a new Everton signing “in the coming days”, according to Dynamo Kyiv Inside.
On Tuesday (14 December), the well-placed Dynamo Kyiv source claimed on their Telegram channel that negotiations were at an advanced stage for the 22-year-old to leave the Ukrainian giants, who finished bottom of a strong Champions League group that contained Barcelona and Bayern Munich this month.
It was said that a deal to take the 22-cap international to a “top European club” would be announced “in the coming days”.
No name was given to the club but later in the day, they posted an image of Mykolenko next to an Everton badge.
Indeed, the initial news was shared by news outlet Zorya Londonsk, followed by The Athletic journalists Roshane Thomas and Jordan Campbell on Twitter.
On Tuesday afternoon, they also shared the image of Mykolenko and the Everton badge on their Twitter account with the claim from Dynamo Kyiv Inside.
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Romanian journalist Emanuel Rosu, who has written for the Guardian and recently voted in the 2021 Ballon D’or, shared the update via his personal Twitter profile.
It’s a convoluted process to follow given the various Ukrainian sources and reports, with the added difficulty of translations, but as far as Dynamo Kyiv Inside and Zorya Londonsk are concerned, two well-known sources for all-things Dynamo Kyiv, Everton are firmly on the trail of Mykolenko’s signature.
Everton’s need to sign a new left-back has been obvious for some time, even before the recent spat between Lucas Digne and Rafa Benitez.
Niels Nkounkou’s loan move to Standard Liege in the summer meant Digne was left as the only senior left-back option at the club, and his form has been poor this season.
Perhaps a lack of competition has been a driving factor in that, and Mykolenko’s arrival could see Digne return to the side with a new sense of vigour.
Of course, these latest reports will only fuel speculation that Digne is set to depart Goodison Park in January or next summer, but really, the Blues need two-top quality left-backs.
In Mykolenko, someone who started for Ukraine in their European Championship quarter-final against England in July, Everton would be signing a young star who already has big-game experience under his belt.
In other Everton news, the Blues made an approach on Thursday to sign this ‘Awesome’ Gary Lineker-hailed ace.