Arsenal are likely to step up their bid to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk in January
Arsenal are likely to step up their bid to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk in January after Fabrizio Romano provided timely information on the Gunners’ interest in the £48m striker.
Mikel Arteta’s men ended the World Cup break with a solid five-point lead at the top of the Premier League. Their 2-0 win over Wolves, coupled with Manchester City’s shock 2-1 loss at home to Brentford, means the Gunners are a team to call up once the season resumes.
Indeed, there is increasing talk that Arsenal could even go that far and win the Premier League title. Rio Ferdinand certainly believes they are the real deal this season.
However, to keep up the pressure, the Arsenal squad is expected to need further reinforcements in January. To that end, we reveal that Arteta is likely to make at least two signings to boost his title prospects.
The two positions that Arteta wants to strengthen are also well documented. He wants the new midfielder to provide cover and competition for Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey. Arsenal have Mohamed Elny and Albert Sambi Lokonga as reserves but Arteta is looking for other players to keep the players busy.
The Gunners boss is also looking for a new winger. Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have been outstanding this season and have taken their game to a new level.
But Arteta believes it is a position Arsenal need to strengthen. As such, his interest in moving away from Mudryk is well documented.
In fact, Arsenal’s interest in the star is such that his wing team-mates at Shakhtar are already teasing the player about a possible move.
Arsenal tried to sign Mudryk in the summer after he offered £25m for his services. While it seemed a fair fee at the time, Shakhtar turned it down – and with good reason.
Since then, Mudryk ‘s value has grown on the back of some outstanding performances in the Champions League. In fact, three goals and two assists in six games only underscores the quality of the 21-year-old.
Despite turning it down in the summer, trusted transfer journalist Romano claims Arsenal continue to have an open dialogue with the Ukrainian side about a possible deal.
And Romano insists his asking price is £48m (€55m) and sees Arsenal as the perfect club for the talented winger.