Everton have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Shakhtar Donetsk standout Mykhaylo Mudryk, according to a report.
Mudryk is catching a lot of attention thanks to his progress with Shakhtar Donetsk. The winger was linked with Arsenal midway through August, although a deal never materialised in the summer. However, he has continued to be the subject of speculation regarding a move to the Emirates Stadium since.
And he has done little to play down the connections with Arsenal, recently admitting he would dream of playing in the Premier League. What’s more, he has specifically praised Mikel Arteta’s side for their style of play.
Mudryk even went as far as saying he would find it hard to respond with a ‘no’ if Arsenal did come calling in January. But as it turns out, they might not be the only club looking to bring him to the Premier League.
According to a report from Calciomercato, Mudryk has now emerged onto the radar of Everton – as well as Arsenal.
Either club could take steps forward in the race for his transfer when the January window opens. There are not many details about how much they might have to offer if they want to buy him, though.
Mudryk is under contract with Shakhtar Donetsk until December 2026, having signed an extension as recently as February. Subsequently, there have been estimations of a price tag upwards of £40million.
Calciomercato, an Italian website, was writing about Mudryk because he was under consideration by Juventus during the summer. Now, the Premier League looks to be a more likely destination for him than Serie A.
If Mudryk was to choose Everton as his next club, he could combine with his compatriot Vitaliy Mykolenko down the left-hand side of Frank Lampard’s setup.
Alternatively, at Arsenal, he could become a teammate of Oleksandr Zinchenko in similar circumstances.
Arsenal may be preferable for Mudryk
Still only 21 years old, he will have to make a careful choice about his future. Things are going well for him with Shakhtar Donetsk currently after he scored in their first match of the Champions League group stage.
But he looks like he could be capable of performing on a bigger stage, which may lead him to the Premier League.
Hence, he could have to take Everton into consideration as well as Arsenal. But his comments have been just one indication that he may prefer to play for the latter.
Unlike Everton, they have European football on offer this season. Although it is not the Champions League action that Mudryk is experiencing with Shakhtar Donetsk, they will still have ambitions in the Europa League.
And in that competition, Arteta is already showing he can put faith in younger players, such as summer signing Marquinhos, who scored on his debut on Thursday.
Therefore, Arsenal may remain the more attractive route into the Premier League for Mudryk. Everton will have to work hard if they are to convince him otherwise.