TALKS ALMOST DONE: £30m star ‘on the radar’ after footage leaked at the Emirates
Arsenal are ‘continuing to monitor’ Mykhaylo Mudryk and the Shakhtar Donetsk star has remained ‘on their radar’ at the Emirates Stadium despite the closure of the summer transfer window, according to journalist Dean Jones.
The Gunners spent close to £120million on bolstering Mikel Arteta’s squad ahead of the deadline earlier this month, but they could splash the cash once again at the turn of the year.
What’s the latest news involving Mudryk?
Following Nicolas Pepe’s loan move to French outfit Nice last month, Arsenal could reportedly reignite their interest in Mudryk during the winter window.
It is understood that the Gunners held discussions with the winger’s representatives, instead of Shakhtar, as they explored the possibility of being able to strike a deal before the summer deadline.
Although a move failed to come to fruition and Everton saw a verbal proposal worth £25.7million turned down, footage has emerged which shows Mudryk would be open to joining Arteta’s charges.
In a video interview released last week, the 21-year-old admitted he dreams of playing in the Premier League and hinted that a switch to Arsenal could be on the cards by stating he ‘can’t say no’ to a winter transfer to north London.
Carlo Nicolini, Shakhtar’s assistant sporting director, has revealed it would take a bid worth more than £30million to prise Mudryk away.
What has Dean Jones said about Mudryk?
Jones understands that Mudryk is still on Arsenal’s list of targets and they have not given up on their pursuit.
The transfer insider feels the wide-man’s admission that he would be interested in joining the Gunners shows the Emirates Stadium is still somewhere Europe’s top players want to go.
Jones told Gunners247: “He is obviously a player that they’ve got on their radar and is someone they’re continuing to monitor.
“I think, from a more overriding point of view, it means that there are players out there in Europe that can start to consider Arsenal again and that’s a great place to be.”
How has Mudryk performed so far this season?
Mudryk may still be in the early stages of his career, but the five-cap Ukraine international has already made a huge impact at Shakhtar.
He has already shone in the final third of the pitch and found the back of the net, as well as chipping in with two assists, as his current employers got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start by overcoming RB Leipzig last week.
WhoScored statistics show Mudryk gained a rating of 8.2 in the opening group stage clash, meaning he was the best player on the pitch.
There is no doubt that the Shakhtar man, who has earned comparisons to Paris Saint-Germain superstars Neymar and Lionel Messi, would be a shrewd addition to Arsenal’s squad.
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