Goal-scoring CB explodes in popularity… ‘4 teams’ in the PL looking to sign him

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Mikola Matviyenko’s popularity is considerable.

The Ukrainian is a solid center back resource. At 6’2″, he’s not the tallest of center backs, but he adds value as a left-footed center back with build-up ability. He’s also fairly quick to cover the back four, and his agile movement and neat defense are impressive. He has a good jumping ability to compensate for his small stature and has a decent delivery ability.

Born and raised in his home league. In 2017-18, he moved to Ukraine’s “prestigious” Shakhtar Donetsk. He gradually gained more playing time in 2018-19 and established himself as a regular in 2019-20, making 39 appearances, including cup competitions, with one goal and one assist. He also played in both the UEFA Champions League (UCL) and UEFA Europa League (UEL) that season.

He continued to support the team. In 2022-23, he made 38 appearances, including cup competitions, scoring two goals and providing four assists, logging over 3,000 minutes for the first time in his career. This season, he has continued to be a regular starter, starting all six league games and scoring three goals, making him a ‘goal-scoring defender’.

In total, he has 11 goals and 11 assists in 175 games for Shakhtar. As he has gradually become a veteran, many Premier League (PL) clubs have sent him offers. According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton are one of several clubs keeping tabs on the Shakhtar defender.

The competition is significant. Burnley, Crystal Palace, and West Ham United are also said to be considering a move for 토토사이트 Matviyenko, according to English outlet Team Talk.

Of course, it remains to be seen if they can convince Shakhtar. Matviyenko still has four years left on his contract with Shakhtar. With a base value of 20 million euros ($28.6 million), according to soccer statistics site TransferMarkt, it will take a lot more to get the deal done.

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