Arsenal enthralled by promising winger who costs half as much as more prominent target

Mykhaylo Mudryk celebrating

Arsenal have added Mykhaylo Mudryk to their shortlist of attacking targets they could seek to bring in before the transfer window closes, according to reports.

It has been a productive summer transfer window for Arsenal, who have brought in the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira. But there could yet be a final flourish to their activity before September 1.

According to Media Foot, Arsenal are still considering adding to their attack. They lost Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, their two main strikers, earlier this year.

Their departures were offset by the addition of Jesus, who looks to have settled instantly at the Emirates Stadium, and a contract renewal for Eddie Nketiah, who showed plenty of promise towards the back end of last season.

Vieira will also play his part in advanced territory, but there has been talk of an exit for winger Nicolas Pepe. In that event, Arsenal may want to replenish their options further, even after the arrival of youngster Marquinhos.

Indeed, Arsenal are being tipped by Media Foot to sign another younger option to replenish their options out wide. The French online outlet claims Mykhaylo Mudryk is on Arsenal’s radar, potentially for a late summer swoop.

Mudryk currently plays for Shakhtar Donetsk, who have him under contract until 2026. With that in mind, his current employers have set an asking price of at least €20million (around £17million).

Arsenal are yet to submit any offer of the sort, but are one of the clubs showing the keenest interest in the 21-year-old. Their pursuit is supposedly under the direction of manager Mikel Arteta.

Mykhaylo Mudryk another one for the future

Media Foot make the point that Mudryk costs around half as much as another, more experienced Arsenal target in the shape of Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta. Whether he would be the better value for money option, though, is a different debate.

Paqueta is a proven talent, whereas Mudryk has some way to go to become more prominent. Yet Arsenal could give him such a platform.

Fans will be waiting to see if news of their interest is backed up by anywhere closer to home. For now, it may just be a brief reference to keep at the back of their minds.

And even if he does join, he might not be a player to make an immediate impact. Arteta can largely rely on Jesus, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, among others, for now.

But the prospect of Mudryk developing in the same squad as his compatriot Zinchenko is an interesting one. Only time will tell whether or not Arsenal actually make a move for him.

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