13-goal attacker prefers Everton transfer over Barcelona

Everton have been boosted in their chase for Dynamo Kiev star Andriy Yarmolenko, who has admitted he would rather join the Toffees over Barcelona, according to reports from the Express.

Yarmolenko was heavily linked with a move away from the Ukrainian top flight during the January transfer window, with Arsenal and Stoke City keen on the 26-year-old.

European champions Barca are also targeting a move for the attacker, but Yarmolenko has revealed it would be a better choice for him to join the Merseyside club rather than make a move to the Nou Camp and play less football.

“It is better to play at Everton,” Yarmolenko said.

“Of course you can go to Barcelona, take a cool selfie with [Lionel] Messi, put the images on Instagram and get a million likes and be pleased with yourself. But I’m not one of those.

“For me it is important to play matches. If I do not play twice a week, I have nowhere to throw out the emotions and energy. My family will go mad.

“If I play, the next day I am all calm and smile. If I missed the game and lay in the house, I immediately run into a quarrel.”

Everton have just come off their first victory in their last 11 league games, comprehensively beating Newcastle United 3-0 at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

However, they will be closely monitoring developments around star striker Romelu Lukaku, who picked up a back injury and could miss their clash against Stoke City this weekend.

Yarmolenko has made 22 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring 13 goals.