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Arsenal to win race for Mykhaylo Mudryk with ‘deal in place’ after asking price sliced

Arsenal to win race for Mykhaylo Mudryk with ‘deal in place’ after asking price sliced

Arsenal is rumored to be the frontrunner to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Gunners are rumored to have a ‘deal in place’ to sign the winger after Shakhtar cut their asking price significantly.

In the latter stages of the summer transfer season, there were rumors that Arsenal would pursue Mudryk. The departure of Nicolas Pepe on loan has left Mikel Arteta deficient in numerous areas.

However, the Gunners were incapable of closing a deal for any target. Mudryk has stated on multiple occasions that he would be willing to go to the Emirates.

And it appears like Arsenal is the frontrunner to sign him. The Mirror reports that the north London club has an agreement in place to acquire the 21-year-old.

Newcastle is also interested in Mudryk, but Arsenal appears to have the upper hand over their Premier League opponent. Shakhtar have announced openly that they want approximately £86 million (€100 million) for Mudryk.

However, the report indicates that the Ukrainian titans will now take a significantly reduced sum. Arsenal could close a deal for as little as £40 million upfront, with possible add-ons.

Oleksandr Zinchenko’s presence at Arsenal is also expected to be beneficial. Zinchenko, a fellow Ukraine international, joined Manchester City in the summer for £32 million.

Arteta’s top priority for the January transfer window is a winger. In this perspective, Mudryk is the most desirable target.

Mudryk’s stock has risen as a result of his Champions League achievements this season. In the six group matches, he recorded three goals and two assists.

Mudryk stated earlier this month that he would like to join Arsenal over Real Madrid because he would be more assured of playing time. 

In an interview with Zinchenko’s journalist wife, Vlada Sedan, Mudryk stated,”From a purely hypothetical perspective if there was the option of being a bench player for Real Madrid or a starter for Arsenal, I’d probably choose Arsenal.

“But it’s a tough question and involves a lot of factors in my answer. I would first want to know from the head coach that even if I wasn’t a guaranteed starter, that I’d receive a chance.

“Essentially I need to hear directly from the manager what he envisages my role in his side to be.” And he also admitted he is a fan of Arteta’s side.

Mudryk added: “I also watch them too. They are a very dynamic side, in general not just in controlling possession but also in scoring goals.”

Arsenal to win race for Mykhaylo Mudryk with ‘deal in place’ after asking price sliced

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