Belfast Telegraph

Milan eye up Ukraine star Andriy Yarmolenko

By Adam McKendry

Ukraine dangerman Andriy Yarmolenko is a target for AC Milan after he was recommended by former striker Andriy Shevchenko.

Shevchenko, who played for Milan for seven seasons, is one of the assistant coaches with Ukraine - who will face Northern Ireland in their second Euro 2016 group game on June 16 in Lyon - and believes the 26-year-old Dynamo Kiev ace would be a perfect fit for the Italians.

Milan missed out on qualifying for Europe next season and Shevchenko has stated that he thinks the winger could be a hit at the San Siro.

Yarmolenko is in demand having been previously linked with Liverpool, Everton and Tottenham. Shevchenko said: "In Ukraine we have Yarmolenko, who I like a lot.

"He plays wide on the right but he can also play on the left and he will become a good player. I would point Milan in his direction."

Yarmolenko was named in his country's 23-man Euro 2016 squad yesterday afternoon.

Ukraine squad: Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar), Denys Boyko (Besiktas), Mykyta Schevchenko (Zorya). Defenders: Evhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Bohdan Butko (Amkar), Artem Dedetskyi (Dnipro), Oleksandr Karavaev (Zorya), Oleksandr Kucher (Shakhtar), Yaroslav Rakytskyi (Shakhtar), Vyachesalv Shevchuk (Shakhtar). Midfielders: Serhiy Rybalka (Dynamo Kiev), Denys Garmash (Dynamo Kiev), Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev), Evhen Konoplyanka (Sevilla), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar), Viktor Kovalenko (Shakhtar), Anatolyi Tumoschuk (Kairat), Oleksandr Zinchenko (UFA).Strikers: Roman Zozylya (Dnipro), Pylyp Budkivskyi (Zorya), Evhen Seleznyov (Shakhtar).

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