Arsenal are optimistic that they could secure the signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk for a transfer fee of around £57m for Mikel Arteta’s side at the Emirates Stadium, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has told GiveMeSport.
The Ukrainian has been touted for a move away from Shakhtar this winter.
Arsenal transfer news – Mykhaylo Mudryk
Shakhtar’s deputy sporting director has recently told Calciomercato that there is definite interest in Mudryk from Arsenal, though the winger is expected to return to the club’s training camp which runs from 9th January – 9th February.
The eight-time Ukraine international was reportedly “wounded” after his club placed an £87m price tag on his head, meaning a move to the Premier League seemed unlikely with such an extortionate transfer fee.
The Mirror reported last month that the Gunners were confident they could secure the signing of the 21-year-old for less than the reported fee, with the club having the frameworks of a £40m deal plus add-ons in place to secure Mudryk’s signature.
CBS journalist Ben Jacobs recently told GiveMeSport that the Gunners’ technical director Edu is now in talks with Shakhtar chiefs and representatives of the winger ahead of a potential January transfer to the Premier League leaders.
And Romano believes that Arsenal are optimistic that they could secure the signing of Mudryk for a fee between £52m-£57m with some add-ons included, rather than the £87m that has been touted.
What has Romano said about Arsenal and Mudryk?
Romano told GiveMeSport: “In the final days of the summer transfer window when Everton offered €30m for Mudryk, they were always asking for €50m/€55m and now, after the Champions League group stages, where he was amazing, they’re asking for €100m.
“Arsenal have a feeling that Shakhtar could maybe accept €60m/€65m [£52m/£57m] to find the right package to include maybe some add-ons to find some smart formula to sign Mudryk.”
Would Mudryk be a good signing for Arsenal?
Transfer insider Dean Jones has recently told GiveMeSport that Arsenal could look to sign a versatile forward this winter, with Gabriel Jesus having to undergo surgery following a knee injury sustained at the World Cup this winter.
The need for the signing of Mudryk, who has been described as “frightening” by journalist Josh Bunting, has certainly increased with the Brazilian likely to be out for a lengthy period during the second half of the campaign and this is something Arteta and Edu may be thinking about in negotiations with Shakhtar.
The Krasnograd-born winger certainly knows where the back of the net is, having scored ten goals and provided eight assists in 18 appearances for Shakhtar this season, according to Transfermarkt.
Therefore, Arsenal may now be pushing to get a deal for Mudryk over the line as quickly as possible for Arteta to have a substantial amount of forward options available at his disposal following the January transfer market.
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