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Mikel Arteta eyeing quality as Arsenal make contact with Everton target over summer switch

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Reports claim Arsenal have held talks with Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster his attacking options.

The Gunners have already spent in excess of £100m during the summer transfer window but may not be done yet. Both Marco Asensio and Pedro Neto have been linked with the Emirates outfit. But another name has now resurfaced as a possible addition to the squad.

It was reported back on August 20 that the north Londoners were interested in the 21-year-old wide man. And trusted transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has now had his say on the issue.

Other clubs are known to be keen on the Ukraine international while Everton have already tested the water. The Italian journalist is reporting that Arsenal have made contact but have yet to speak to his employers.

He tweeted: “Keep an eye on top talent Mychajlo Mudryk. Everton had €30m verbal proposal turned down by Shakhtar Donetsk last week.

“Arsenal have explored conditions of Mudryk deal few days ago. But just on player side. Many clubs want him, one to watch until the end.”

From his final sentence, it seems as though Romano feels it is one transfer that might be resolved on deadline day. And, although the other interested parties are not named, it would be no surprise if the Toffees renewed their interest.

Bringing in Mudryk would see him line up alongside compatriot Oleksandr Zinchenko – a £31.5m signing on July 22 this summer.

Mudryk another piece of the Arsenal puzzle

Arsenal fans have had little to cheer about in recent times. And the way they lost out to Tottenham in the race for a top-four berth last season would have been galling.

They may have had to settle for a place in the Europa League but it has not affected them early in 2022-2023.

Currently the only side with a 100 per cent record in the league, Arteta’s charges have made a superb start to the campaign. They sit top of the table with four wins from as many games.

And the men in red and white will be going for a fifth straight success when Aston Villa arrive on Wednesday.

Arteta has been credited with the turnaround, bringing in players who have made an immediate impact. Gabriel Jesus followed Zinchenko from Manchester City and has already bagged a couple of goals.

But the Spanish tactician knows that he must keep on looking for quality recruits if they are to keep up with the big boys.

With that in mind, it would be no surprise to see Arsenal dip into the coffers once more before the window shuts on Thursday. It remains to be seen whether they manage to snare Mudryk.

The former Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk youth player inked a new deal with Shakhtar earlier this year. But reports suggests the versatile winger will be available for around £17m.

He will not break the bank and could be yet another exciting addition to the Arsenal resurgence.

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