Arsenal’s main priority going into the January transfer market is Ukrainian winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, according to The Athletic.
The 21-year-old left-winger has been on Arsenal’s radar for some time now. Sources believe there is a good chance it will happen, but nothing has been agreed upon yet.
Shakhtar Donetsk want £85.9 million, but prospective buyers are not interested in paying such a high fee for the coveted winger.
Brentford agreed to a £25m deal to sign Mudryk last summer, but the deal did not go through. The player’s stock may have risen due to his Champions League performances, but not by £60.9 million.
Arsenal have been in contact with Mudryk’s representatives for some time now. The player is also keen on a move to the Premier League and wants to play for the Gunners.
He has talked about his admiration for the Premier League club and claims he keeps track of their results.
Arsenal have alternative options if they cannot pull this deal off, but Mudryk is their primary target.
Mudryk lit up the Champions League group stage this season with mesmerising performances, scoring three goals and assisted two in six games.
He has also bagged seven goals and six assists in 12 appearances in the Ukrainian Premier League. His superb dribbling ability has always been on show, but he has added end product to his game.
Mudryk had interest from Bayer Leverkusen and OGC Nice last summer, and his suitors will have only increased.
Arsenal will want to secure his services in January to avoid a bidding war next summer.
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