Vitaliy Mykolenko: Everton interested in Dynamo Kiev defender ahead of January transfer window | Football News

Everton are interested in £20m-rated Dynamo Kiev defender Vitaliy Mykolenko ahead of the January transfer window.

Mykolenko, 22, has been capped 21 times by Ukraine and predominately plays at left-back, a position which has caused Rafa Benitez trouble in the last couple of weeks with Lucas Digne absent from his plans.

He has been with Dynamo for the entirety of his career until now, scoring seven goals in a total of 132 appearances including a number of outings in European competition.

Mykolenko had also been linked with a move to Jose Mourinho’s Roma in the Ukraine press, with a bid of £15m from the Serie A club being rumoured.

Everton would spread the fee across the length of Mykolenko’s initial contract.

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The Premier League club has also been tabbed by Dynamo’s manager Mircea Lucescu as Mykolenko’s potential destination.

Lucescu is quoted as saying: “Mykolenko is going to Everton. He will be the first big transfer out of Dynamo since (Andriy) Yarmolenko.

“He’s a young player and he should be an example to others. It’s very important to allow players to fulfil their potential and give them chances to fulfil them.”

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