Chelsea target pens new deal but remains open to transfer

YarmolenkoChelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern were surprised to hear a reported target remain open to a Premier League switch, despite signing a new deal with his current club.

Andriy Yarmolenko has been heavily linked with a big-money exit from Dynamo Kiev, with Jose Mourinho recently scouting him during the international break, whilst Barcelona are also reportedly interested in a move next year.

However, the chances of an exit from Ukraine seemed to be dashed when Yarmolenko signed a new contract yesterday. Crucially though, this was because his previous deal expired at the end of the season- which meant he could have left for free.

Speaking to the club’s official website after the extension was announced, Yarmolenko left the door open for a potential switch to the Premier League or elsewhere, as he said:

“I still want that [to test myself in the best foreign leagues]. I know that if Dynamo get really worthy offers we’ll find an option that satisfies everyone.”

“I want the club to get good compensation for me. I could have left for free in a while, but that would have been wrong.”

Fans in the bar believe that Yarmolenko only signed so that Dynamo Kiev receive a fee for his services and that he may already have a gentleman’s agreement to leave next summer.

Chelsea fans, would you be keen on bringing Yarmolenko to the Premier League? Let us know below in the comments!

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