Report: Martinez made concerted push for Euro 2016 star, Koeman tells Everton his decision
By Alex Taylor
Everton had planned a second bid for Dynamo Kyiv star Andriy Yarmolenko under previous manager Roberto Martinez, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim that the Blues had tried to sign the 26-year-old late on in last summer’s transfer window, but talks broke down.
The report says that Roberto Martinez made a personal check on Yarmolenko in a Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in March and was planning to make a fresh move this summer.
The former Blues boss had been long-term admirer of the Euro 2016 ace, who played in all three of Ukraine’s games at the tournament, but his country was ultimately embarrassed as they lost every match in the group stages and were dumped out of the competition.
Martinez has now lost his job and new manager Ronald Koeman is said not to be interested in the forward.
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The new manager has the backing of the now majority shareholder at the club, Farhad Moshiri.
The Toffees have since been linked with a variety of top European talent after the billionaire took over this summer and Koeman is believed to have picked out Manchester United’s Juan Mata as one of the star players to lead his revolution at Goodison Park.