By George Overhill

18th Sep, 2022 | 12:43pm

Fabrizio Romano - Michaylo Mudryk was available when Everton bid at least £8.7m short

Everton missed a “really big opportunity” to sign Michaylo Mudryk in the summer because he was available but their bid was short, says Fabrizio Romano.

The Toffees bid €30million for the Ukrainian winger who has since starred in the Champions League for Shakhtar Donetsk, while Arsenal and Juventus also held an interest, but with his asking price over €40million at the time they fell short by around £10million.

He is likely to be on the move in the future but for a “crazy” price, all but confirming that the Toffees came the closest at the right time, but were not close enough to land a prize talent before the chance was gone, possibly for good.

Speaking on his YouTube channel on Saturday 17 September Romano said: “I told you about Everton bid[ding] €30million, turned down by Shakhtar.

“Shakhtar wanted way more than €30million, also more than €40million… It’s important to say that Mudryk was available on the market. Big price, but what a player, he’s already having an incredible impact in the Champions League.

“Mudryk was a really big opportunity missed because now his price is going to be crazy in January or next summer.”

Close but no cigar

On one hand you have to hand it to Everton that they got themselves into the right place at the right time for what could have been a game-changing transfer.

On the other, it will sting that this is a deal that they would easily have done in previous years with spending big, ultimately to their detriment, a feature of the Farhad Moshiri era.

The circumstances of where the Toffees are now made it impossible this time, and as such it looks like Mudryk is unlikely to ever been seen wearing a Blues shirt, barring a major change in both the financial circumstances and the performance of the side.

Had Anthony Gordon gone to Chelsea for huge money then the cash would have been there to secure a quality replacement, but fans were obviously glad to see the homegrown man stay.

In that sense it was virtually a choice between the two young wingers when a few years ago it could have been both lighting up Goodison Park.

As to whom will become the better player it is currently impossible to say, and the Merseyside support are right behind one of their own in Gordon so Mudryk will therefore have to go down as one that got away.