By Nick Ware

17th Dec, 2021 | 12:32pm

Vitaliy Mykolenko jets into Liverpool on Friday to complete Everton transfer

Vitaliy Mykolenko has arrived on Merseyside to complete his move from Dynamo Kyiv to Everton, according to The Athletic.

Mykolenko, 22, flew into Liverpool this morning (Friday, 17 December) ahead of a £17.9million transfer.

The deal is set to go through on January 1, when the transfer window reopens.

Imminent

This looks like a deal that could be announced at any moment now.

Seemingly, all details have been finalised with an agreement between the clubs and the player.

He won’t officially join until January, though, as contracted players cannot move to Premier League clubs outside of the designated transfer windows.

Mykolenko’s first game, therefore, could be against Brighton at Goodison Park on 2 January, as long as all the paperwork is completed to register him in the Premier League.

Whether Rafa Benitez will be prepared to throw him straight into the side remains to be seen, though.

The defender played the duration of Kyiv’s 1-1 draw with Zorya on Sunday (12 December) but the Ukrainian giant’s next fixture is not until 26 February, owing to a mid-season break, meaning Mykolenko has surely played his last game for the club.

Therefore, he could be severely lacking match fitness and that might see Benitez hold him back, especially as he gets to know his new teammates.

Ben Godfrey is likely to deputise at left-back if Lucas Digne is sold.

In other Everton news, Jim White slammed Blues supporters live on-air after Thursday’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

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