Dynamo Kiev forward Andriy Yarmolenko has turned down a chance to move to Arsenal, as he awaits an approach from reigning European champions Barcelona. They are considering him as an option to replace Pedro Rodriguez, who joined Chelsea earlier in the month.
According to Spanish publication Sport, Arsene Wenger had personally called up the Ukrainian international with an offer to join the Gunners this summer. The Frenchman was reportedly left disappointed when the player revealed that his dream was to play for the Catalan club in the La Liga.
Yarmolenko has been impressive for Dynamo in the Premier Liga, scoring 14 goals and providing a similar number of assists to lead them to their first domestic title in five years last season. He has started this season in similar fashion, scoring three goals and providing two assists in his first three league games of the season.
This has attracted the attention of clubs from across Europe. Barcelona, according to Sport, are considering a move for the forward, who can operate all along the front line to replace Pedro, who has joined the Premier League champions.
The La Liga giants though have not made a concrete offer and are unsure of whether to bring in further additions since they will not be allowed to feature at least until January when the present ban is lifted.
This uncertainty has pushed the player to consider other moves, with Everton said to be another club interested in the player. The report claims that the Toffees already have an agreement in place with the Ukrainian club.
Wenger is keen to strengthen his forward line, but has made it clear that he will only sign if something exceptional is available. This could trump the Merseyside club for the signature of the Ukrainian forward.
However, according to Sky Sports, the Goodison Park outfit has dropped their interest in the Ukrainian winger dubbed the "new Shevchenko" and turned their attention towards Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Bernard.