Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola appears to have got his man as reports in Sport suggest that Shakhtar Donetsk president Rinat Akhmetov has accepted a €25 million bid for Dmytro Chygrynskiy from the Catalan giants.
Chygrynskiy is set to put pen to paper on a five-year deal at Camp Nou and is expected to earn around €1.2m per year, rising to €2m by the final year. This is a significant wage cut for one of Shakhtar's highest paid players.
With Mexican Rafael Marquez continually prone to injuries, the Barca hierarchy identified the defence as an area that had to be strengthened ahead of the new season, and coach Guardiola singled out the man known as 'Chygryno' or 'Dima' as his first option.
Pep has long been an admirer of the Ukraine international, having seen him put in two impressive displays, home and away, against the Blaugrana in the group stages of last season's Champions League. He sees Chygrynskiy as the ideal player to strengthen the treble champions' defence.
The 22-year-old is renowned for his physical presence, technique and an ability to play the ball out of defence. These characteristics and youth are the reason Guardiola dismissed all other options put forward by the club's director of football, Txiki Begiristain.
Paul Madden, Goal.com