Arsenal are reportedly nearing the capture of primary January target Mykhaylo Mudryk amid claims his signing will cost significantly less than the crazy valuation that Shakhtar Donetsk had initially placed on the star.
The Ukrainian has emerged as one of the world’s most in-demand stars on the back of some excellent displays this season. He has an impressive five goal involvements from six Champions League games this season to serve notice of his ability.
That form has only serve to enhance Arsenal’s desire to sign him. Indeed, the Gunners saw a £25m offer over the summer rejected by Shakhtar Donetsk.
Since then, his valuation appears to have soared. The Ukrainian side, citing the transfer that took Antony to Man Utd from Ajax, claim it would cost a similar fee for Mudryk.
And their director of football, Dario Srna, has made clear that his side hope to sell the 21-year-old for a fee of around £86m.
However, there is absolutely no way Arsenal would be able to meet that asking price. And there is a strong feeling within the game that Shakhtar are merely trying their luck to maximise their windfall over his sale.
To aid Arsenal’s chances, TEAMtalk has revealed Mudryk is strongly pushing to make the move to Emirates Stadium.
Furthermore, prominent Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has come out and claimed that move is gathering pace.
And, speaking to SoccerNewsNL, Di Marzio claims his signing will actually likely go through for significantly less than their initial demands.
“Mudryk is a really good player. AC Milan wanted him in the summer in case Rafael Leao left, but it was too expensive for Milan.”
Arsenal in driving seat to seal Mykhaylo Mudryk transfer
“Arsenal is currently trying to capture him because they know they are dealing with a very talented player. But whether it will work in January… I don’t know. It is certain that they are in pole position to capture him.
“Shakhtar is a difficult negotiating partner and they probably charge about €35million (£30m) for him.”
If Arsenal can get a deal done for just £30m, then that is a dream scenario for Mikel Arteta. The Gunners boss is desperate to add more cover and competition to his wide positions next month.
Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have both been in excellent form and key to the Gunners’ rise to the Premier League summit. But there is a lack of quality options behind them were either to suffer injury.
Furthermore, the injury to Gabriel Jesus means Arsenal also need more cover to play up front. One option is to move Martinelli to a central position, with Mudryk potentially taking his place on the wing. TEAMtalk has also revealed that Arteta may also ask one star to play in a different position to cover for his absence.
Either way, the capture of Mudryk for Arsenal would prove excellent business. He has 10 goals and eight assists this season – more than any Arsenal star has managed.
And while the Ukrainian league is noticeably weaker, Mudryk seemingly has the qualities needed to shine in the Premier League.