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Everton transfer nears with star set to land eye-watering wage rise

Ciaran McCarthy
Vitaliy Mykolenko, Dynamo Kiev, September 2021

Impending Everton arrival Vitaliy Mykolenko is set to be rewarded with a monster wage boost, which actually helps the club out financially.

Everton’s reported transfer for Mykolenko has been in the works for some time. The full-back apparently had his medical with the Toffees over a week ago.

Indeed, Everton’s need for a left-back is apparent. The position has been filled by Ben Godfrey of late, though his preferred position is in the heart of the defence.

Godfrey has played there in the absence of Lucas Digne. Indeed, the Frenchman’s apparent spat with Rafa Benitez has led to his omission from the last three match-day squads.

What’s more, it looks as if Digne will be leaving Everton imminently. Indeed, a couple of Premier League sides are keen on landing him in January.

A report from Sport Unian (via Sport Witness) claims Digne’s replacement, Mykolenko, will be rewarded with a wage more than seven times what he earns at Dynamo Kiev.

It seems that Everton are splashing out on the 22-year-old. However, that wage actually appears to help Everton financially.

The salary Mykolenko will reportedly earn is half of what Lucas Digne currently makes. As such, should Digne leave in January, as expected, the Toffees will benefit financially.

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That will be a massive help to the Toffees given they were hampered by Financial Fair Play regulations in the summer.

It should free up funds for Everton to be able to make more signings, should they desire to do so.

Mykolenko could be joined as Everton January signing

Chelsea's Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek 

Toffees boss Benitez is reportedly keen on bringing Ross Barkley back to the club. However, Everton could face competition for their former star.

With Covid causing havoc within the Premier League at the moment, squad size is an important as ever.

Barkley is currently on the periphery within the Chelsea squad. However, the uncertainty Covid is bringing to football at the minute means he could be called upon at any time.

As such, Chelsea may be wary of letting him go, in case they need him throughout the season.

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