Shakhtar reject £55m bid for Mykhailo Mudryk after he watched Arsenal game

Shakhtar Donetsk have rejected Arsenal's opening £55m bid for Mykhailo Mudryk after the winger shared a snap of himself watching the Gunners' Boxing Day victory over West Ham to Instagram.

The post send the rumour mill wild with fans speculating that a move to the Emirates Stadium might have already been sealed, but today's news confirms that this not only isn't the case, but that the two clubs are miles apart in their valuation of the player.

The Telegraph report the Ukrainian side want around £85m and although Arsenal are confident of getting a deal over the line, they'll need the asking price to come down a fair bit before anything can be agreed.

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Mudryk is understood to be very keen on the move and wants to link up with international team-mate Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The 21-year-old is predominantly a left winger but can also play on the right, meaning that he would provide competition for both Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka for a place in Mikel Arteta’s line up.

Mudryk has just over a year of regular first team football under his belt but his performances in recent months have seen him attracting attention from all over Europe.

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Speaking after the victory over West Ham, Arteta refused to comment on Arsenal’s bid for the Ukrainian, who has scored 10 goals and registered eight assists in 18 appearances this season.

"We said that we will try to find ways to strengthen the team," said Arteta. "We will find the right players and that is all I can say."

Arsenal chose not to spend in the January transfer window last season, a decision which arguably cost them in the race for the top four, and fans are understandably keen for them not to make the same mistake twice.

Spending for the sake of spending isn't always wise, but the Gunners are one or two injuries away from having a significantly weakened team, and having strength in depth will come in handy, especially if they keep themselves in the title race.


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