Everton sign Mykolenko
Everton have signed defender Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kiev for an undisclosed amount, with the Ukraine international having reached a four-and-a-half-year deal until the end of June 2026.
Mykolenko, 22, becomes the Blues’ first signing from the January transfer window after impressing at club and international level in recent years.
Ukraine’s first left-back, Mykolenko won 21 caps for his country and was a key part of the squad that reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2020.
Mykolenko has been a regular in Dynamo’s last two Champions League campaigns and was instrumental in his side’s domestic league triumph in 2020/21. He also won two Ukrainian Cups with Dynamo.
Speaking to evertontv after becoming manager Rafa Benitez’s sixth signing as manager of the Blues, Mykolenko said: âMoving to Everton is an important and important step in my life.
âI have always dreamed of playing in the Premier League. English football is the birthplace of the game and I think it will suit my game very well.
âI’m 22 years old but I don’t feel like a youngster. I have the experience of playing at European level and I hope to continue to improve as a player.
“I am excited about the opportunity to play in front of our fans at Everton. I saw the last few games at Goodison Park and they were amazing.
“They are incredible fans to whom I feel a great responsibility.”
Mykolenko, who can also operate in central defense and as a winger, made his Dynamo debut at just 18, with his consistently high-quality performances seeing him rewarded with a senior international selection a year later.
He quickly established himself as the number one left-back for the club and the country and shone when Ukraine impressively qualified for Euro 2020.
Andriy Shevchenko’s side went unbeaten in their qualifying section, finishing at the top of a group made up of a star-studded Portuguese team. Mykolenko has started four of Ukraine’s five matches at the European Championship.
Mykolenko’s growing status at Dynamo, meanwhile, was underlined when, at age 21, he was named captain for a league game against FC Lviv last season. He made a total of 132 first-team appearances for Dynamo, scoring seven goals and providing 20 assists.
I believe that here at Everton, with the traditions and ambitions of the Club, I will grow as a person and as a player.
Mykolenko added: âI like to play on the front foot and move forward when I can.
âModern football requires full-backs to be able to attack and defend. I think I’m a versatile defender who can go up and down the pitch.
âBut I believe desire and commitment are the most important attributes and I will aim to bring those qualities.
âI hope it doesn’t take too long for me to settle in and get used to the style of football.
âI feel good at the moment and it is very important for me to communicate with the team, the management and the fans.
âFor that, I need to learn the language and understand the culture of this city, this country and this club. I’ll do my best.
“I believe that here at Everton, with the traditions and ambitions of the club, I will grow as a person and as a player.”