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Everton: Vitaliy Mykolenko deal ‘very close’

Everton: Vitaliy Mykolenko deal ‘very close’ -Everton Transfer Rumours

Everton are ‘very close’ to completing the signing of Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kyiv, according to Ukrainian journalist Ihor Tsyhanyk. 

The lowdown

Fabrizio Romano exclusively reported last week that the 22-year-old was undergoing a medical ahead of move to Goodison Park. He added that the left-back had already agreed personal terms with the Toffees.

Mykolenko may well be a replacement for Lucas Digne, who was dropped by Rafael Benitez after the pair fell out recently. Indeed, French reporter Santi Aouna has said that Everton are now looking to offload the former Paris Saint-Germain defender this winter.

The latest

As quoted by UA Football, Tshyhanyk suggested that an ‘official’ announcement may not arrive until after 1 January, but the deal could be wrapped up before then, with the two clubs now on the verge of total agreement over the £20million transfer.

He outlined: “Official information on Mykolenko’s transfer to Everton will be after January 1. As far as I understand, the last stage of negotiations is underway. The clubs are very close to completing everything. Mykolenko’s transfer will amount to 20 million.

“I spoke with Igor Surkis, who is very glad that there is interest in Ukrainian footballers. And he confirmed that he really promised the players that if worthy offers come, he will give them a chance to prove themselves in other clubs.”

The verdict

Mykolenko may need some time to adapt to life on Merseyside. He’s only 22 years old and is coming from Europe’s 11th strongest league, as per UEFA’s coefficient, to the continent’s highest-ranked division, a significant step-up in quality.

However, he does have experience of taking on top-level opposition, having faced Bayern Munich and Barcelona in this season’s Champions League. Indeed, he doesn’t seem daunted when taking on elite attackers – according to Ukrainian football expert Andrew Todos, he ‘pocketed Cristiano Ronaldo’ in an international clash with Portugal in 2019.

Everton fans would be quite right to feel a sense of excitement over Tshyhanyk’s update, as it looks as if a very talented young footballer is on the brink of coming to Goodison Park.

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