Dynamo Kiev manager Sergei Rebrov admits the decision to sell Andriy Yarmolenko is out of his hands, amid reported interest from Chelsea. Jose Mourinho got another chance to take look at the 26-year-old winger as Dynamo came to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, where they narrowly lost 2-1 as Chelsea recorded their first win in five games.
According to Spanish newspapers Sport and AS, the Blues manager also took a visit to personally scout Yarmolenko in October while he played for Ukraine against Spain. Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu was also in attendance that night and suggested his Chelsea counterpart was watching over three potential targets in Yevhen Konoplyanka, Alex Teixeira and Yarmolenko.
If Chelsea are indeed looking at the winger ahead of the January transfer window they may face competition for his signature, with his manager suggesting a number of clubs are tracking the player. Whether he actually moves or not however depends on club president Ihor Surkis.
"He's a very high-level footballer but we do not build our game around him," Rebrov told journalists, talkSPORT reports. "I can see his progress and that other teams are interested in him but it all depends on his relationship with the president. If you are asking me then I don't want to sell the player, I want to keep him in the team but, at the end of the day, it's all about the relationship with the president."
Yarmolenko played the full 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge on 4 November. Chelsea took the lead after 33 minutes when Aleksander Dragovic diverted the ball into the back of his own net, but he made amends for his error with just over 10 minutes of the game remaining, capitalising on an error from Asmir Begovic to pull his side level.
Willian however produced a stunning free kick on 83 minutes to give Chelsea the win that edged them closer to qualification for the knockout stages of the competition.