Arsenal are said to have submitted their opening bid for Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk.
The Gunners are on the lookout for fresh attacking talent ahead of the January transfer window, needing more depth, and especially after losing star striker Gabriel Jesus for the next three months. Mikel Arteta was already relying heavily upon Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka amid a lack of options in the frontline, and he now has one less option.
It’s no secret it’s an area Arsenal want to strengthen this winter, and it seems Shakhtar star Mudryk is going to be one of their prime targets. The 21-year-old has scored 10 and assisted eight in 24 appearances across all competitions this season, and he is attracting attention from a number of clubs, according to reports.
But the Gunners are an attractive club currently, sitting top of the Premier League and being set for a bright future, with a young squad and a manager who seems seems to be improving with every passing game. Convincing Mudryk should be no problem, but convincing Shakhtar is another challenge altogether.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal have already fallen short with their opening bid, and their resolve is going to be tested by the Ukrainian club.
Romano tweeted: “Arsenal have now submitted a bid to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk. Understand it’s €40m (£35.2m) plus €20m (£17.6m) add-ons. Shakhtar want ‘way more’ than this to sell Mudryk. Talks will take place with player’s agent to discuss about the deal. No issues on personal terms: Mudryk wants AFC.”
Arsenal now face a real dilemma over their winter investments. The Gunners spent well over £100million during the summer window, and they need a winger and a central midfielder during the winter window. The club chiefs may be reluctant to spent huge figures in the winter window, but Arsenal’s fine start to the season will certainly help Arteta as he looks to convince the board to invest further.
Ultimately, this could be the Gunners’ best chance in some time to win a Premier League title, and if they can finish the job, the board could look forward to a hefty profit, making that potential extra investment more than worth it.