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‘Very upset.’ Arsenal target Mykhaylo Mudryk breaks silence on his “wounded” transfer dream after £87m price tag

‘Very upset.’ Arsenal target Mykhaylo Mudryk breaks silence on his “wounded” transfer dream after £87m price tag

Mykhaylo Mudryk believes it is unlikely that a top European club would pay €100 million (£87 million) for a Ukrainian player, leaving his Premier League aspirations in limbo.

Mudryk’s employers, Shakhtar Donetsk, have placed a €100 million price tag on him following an outstanding start to the season. 

In 16 games, the 21-year-old Ukraine international has scored eight goals, including three in the Champions League, and provided eight assists.

The winger’s performance has attracted clubs such as Arsenal. It is believed that the Gunners are considering signing Mudryk in January to improve their Premier League title chances. Five points separate them from Manchester City at the top of the table.

To sign Mudryk, it appears Arsenal will have to break the bank. The player is devastated by Shakhtar’s demand because he believes it will derail his transfer hopes.

“When I found out about my price, I wasn’t just surprised – I was shocked,” Mudryk told Sport Arena.

“I have a long-term contract with Shakhtar [set to expire in December 2026], I give all my strength and energy so that Shakhtar achieves maximum results… but every football player has a dream to play in a top club and in a top championship – I am no exception.

“But I am 100 per cent sure that they are unlikely to buy a player from the championship of Ukraine for 100 million… I will not hide that I was very upset. The amount of 100 million puts a barrier for my transition to the top championship, which I so dreamed of. I can’t say that my dream was killed, but wounded – that’s for sure.”

It is believed that Arsenal, Newcastle, Manchester City, and Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring Mudryk. Brentford were also in negotiations to sign the player at the start of 2022, but the deal never materialized, and his stock has since risen substantially.

Mudryk’s remarks came after those of Shakhtar’s football director Darijo Srna and chief executive Sergei Palkin. “If somebody wants to buy Mudryk, they must pay huge, huge, huge money,” Srna told The Athletic.

“Otherwise the president of the club [Rinat Akhmetov] will not sell him. All the clubs must respect the President, respect Shakhtar and in the end they must respect Mykhaylo Mudryk, who is one of the best players I saw. The price is so big.”

Srna went on to suggest that Antony’s £85 million transfer to Manchester United and Jack Grealish’s £100 million transfer to Manchester City had inflated the transfer market.

Palkin added: “Always it [interest in Mudryk] is a permanent process. Every week, some club appears and starts to feel [where we are]. They’re not coming and saying ‘OK, take 50 million and give me Mudryk’.

“They understand the story behind him and they understand that he is quite an expensive player. But they start to feel our club, what our strategy is, what we should do. In any case, the time will arrive. Definitely, it will arrive a big club and give us €100m.”

‘Very upset.’ Arsenal target Mykhaylo Mudryk breaks silence on his “wounded” transfer dream after £87m price tag

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