Arsenal ‘launch £55m bid for Mykhaylo Mudryk’, with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta stepping up pursuit of Ukrainian winger…. but Shakhtar Donetsk will demand more for the 21-year-old star
- Arsenal have reportedly submitted a £35million bid for Mykhaylo Mudryk
- The deal also includes £17.6million in add-ons for the 21-year-old winger
- Mudryk is keen to secure a January move to the Premier League leader’s
- But Shakhtar Donetsk are expected to demand more for their hotshot attacker
Arsenal have submitted a £55million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk as Gunners boss Mikel Arteta targets a busy January transfer window.
The initial bid is supported by £17.6million in add-ons according to reports with Mudryk keen on pushing through a January move to the Emirates.
However, Donetsk are reportedly holding out for more with the Champions League Ukrainian side believing they can negotiate a higher fee with a number of top European clubs interested in the 21-year-old.
Talks between the player’s agent and Arsenal’s representatives are now expected to take place with the winger focused on securing a move to the Premier League leaders.
Arsenal have submitted a £55million bid for Ukrainian winger Mykhaylo Mudryk
Mudryk is keen to secure a move to the Premier League leaders but parent club Shakhtar Donetsk are expected to demand more
Lengthy injuries to key players, most notably Gabriel Jesus who is recovering from surgery, has left the Gunners short of reliable goalscorers, with Eddie Nketiah currently deputising in the Brazilians absence.
Mudryk would help to combat attacking concerns within the Gunners camp having helped himself to 10 goals in all competitions, with three of those coming in the Champions League.
Arteta emphasised Arsenal’s desire to strengthen in the January transfer window having previously stated:
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has already expressed his desire to strengthen in January
Mudryk (left) has scored ten goals in all competitions this season including three in the Champions League
We are looking to strengthen the team. This squad still doesn’t have the luxury of not maximising every single window. We have to do that because it’s really important.’
But he added: ‘We have to get the right profile, it has to be the right player to take us to the next level.’
Arteta and sporting director Edu met with owner Stan Kroenke earlier this month and the manager insisted they are prepared to spend on the squad.
‘The ambition is there and the alignment is certainly there as well,’ he said.
Arsenal can go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table when they play West Ham on Monday evening.
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