Reporting for CaughtOffside, Fabrizio Romano claims that Arsenal remain interested in Mykhaylo Mudryk, having followed the winger for a long time.
The Gunners reportedly haven’t made any decision yet, but they’ll need to move fast if they want to do a deal. The race is still very open and Shakhtar want €60m+.
Ben Jacobs reported in October that Arsenal are one of the clubs interested in Mudryk ahead of the January transfer window, though they didn’t make a bid in the summer.
Romano previously claimed Shakhtar wanted €50m to sell Mudryk in the winter window – or at least €40m plus add-ons, but he’d now cost as much as €60-65m. His Champions League performances have given his profile a boost.
Shakhtar sporting director Carlo Nicolini suggested they may hold out for even more.
“Is €40m enough to buy him? We do not speak to these figures,” Nicolini said.
“Not even for €50m, we don’t even call the president to communicate the offer. We value Mudryk more than Antony of Manchester United, who cost €100m.
“We are not obliged to sell…in this team, he is the most decisive. If you want to take on certain players who make a difference in the top clubs, you also need the right money.”
Romano reported in August that Arsenal explored the conditions of a deal on the player’s side, but it didn’t lead to a late bid as the Gunners focused on signing a midfielder.
David Ornstein confirmed for The Athletic that Mudryk was among Arsenal’s candidates for a wide-forward signing before that ultimately unsuccessful shift to a pursuit of a midfield signing.
Mudryk has scored seven goals and assisted seven in his 12 appearances this season.
Speaking about a potential transfer to the Premier League recently, Mudryk admitted it’s a dream of his, and he wouldn’t be able to turn Arsenal down.
“Every guy dreams it (playing in the Premier League),” Mudryk said. “Arsenal are a very good team, very good coach, I like the way they play.
“From my side, I can’t say no (if Arsenal made an offer). But transfers are not only my decision and my word.
“In winter, we will see. There were a lot of discussions about the transfer, about clubs who want me. But it’s normal. Now, I’m in Shakhtar and I want to play in this team. I love this team.”