Arsenal make the first move to sign Shakhtar ace Mudryk

By on December 15, 2022

Mykhaylo Mudryk

Arsenal have reportedly made the first move to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Mykhaylo Mudryk in January, as per the Evening Standard.

The Gunners are seemingly exploring the possibility of strengthening their attacking department in this upcoming winter window and the Ukraine international has widely been touted as a key target for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Recently reputed transfer journalist David Ornstein claimed that Arsenal have prioritised a move for Mudryk to bolster the frontline and the north London club are set to accelerate their pursuit of the highly-talented winger this winter.

Meanwhile, according to the report by Evening Standard, Arsenal have been monitoring Mudryk’s development over the last few months and after being convinced by his traits, the Gunners have opened talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over a possible January move.

The report further states that the Ukrainian giants value their star man at around £85m. But they could lower their price tag and the Emirates outfit are hopeful that a deal can be ‘struck’ this winter.

Mykhaylo Mudryk to Arsenal

The report also says that although Shakhtar are reluctant to let their biggest star leave the club in mid-season, Mudryk’s desire of playing for Arsenal is likely to force the NSK Olimpiyskiy outfit to sell the forward.

On the other hand, while writing on CaughtOffside, Fabrizio Romano has also delivered an update on this story and he has indicated that Arsenal are the only club who are currently pushing to get this deal done.

Romano said:

“At the moment it’s Arsenal pushing for Mykhaylo Mudryk.”

Mykhaylo Mudryk would be a great signing for Arsenal, given the forward is deemed to be one of the best young talents around Europe at the moment.

However, it will be interesting to see how much Shakhtar will consider lowering the price tag for their biggest asset. It could be almost impossible for Arteta’s side to broker a deal for Mudryk at the reported £85m fee.

With the Gunners’ seemingly looking to reinforce multiple areas this winter, spending big on one signing might not be a shrewd decision by the club’s hierarchy.

Therefore, the onus will be on the club’s officials to purchase all the potential targets next month and hand the Spanish boss proper resources to push for the title in the second half of this campaign.