Arsenal are set to increased their initial £45m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk's Mykhaylo Mudryk

Arsenal are to make an improved offer for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk this week. 

The Ukraine international posted on social media again on Saturday evening as he watched Arsenal take on Brighton

Chelsea have also posted interest as Arsenal’s initial £45m offer is well short of Shakhtar’s desired £85m valuation. 

The Blues have been investing heavily in players since Todd Boehly’s takeover, with an eye on the future. Mudryk, who turns 22 on January 5, would definitely fit that mould.

On New Year’s Eve, Mudryk posted to Instagram that he was watching ‘2 great coaches’ – Arteta, and his former Shakhtar Donetsk boss Roberto Ze Derbi, who is now managing Arsenal’s opponents Brighton, as they went head-to-head in the last Premier League match of 2022. 

Mikel Arteta's Gunners lead the race to get Mudryk, but Chelsea are also interested in winger

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Mikel Arteta’s Gunners lead the race to get Mudryk, but Chelsea are also interested in winger

It has been viewed as another hint towards Mudryk’s possible move to North London – albeit one that may be hijacked by their West London rivals if Chelsea match the Ukrainian club’s higher valuation of their 21-year-old winger.

Arsenal moved seven points clear at the top of the tree with their 4-2 win over Ze Derbi’s Seagulls, after both Manchester City and Newcastle drew their matches earlier on Saturday.

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