Arsenal test Shakhtar Donetsk’s resolve by registering a second bid for Mykhaylo Mudryk, which is currently being considered
Arsenal have reportedly registered a second bid for Ukranian star Mykhaylo Mudryk. The winger has been strongly been linked to the Gunners and it has been clear Edu is taking an aggressive approach to secure a deal.
Last week, football.london understands that Arsenal submitted a bid in region of £55million to sign Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk ahead of the January window. That bid was rejected, with the Ukrainian club holding out for a larger fee.
But, the initial rejection from Shakhtar has not prevented the Gunners from still attempting to secure their main target before the end of the January window. This comes after Arsenal have decided to test the Ukrainian’s side resolve once again.
According to GOAL, Arsenal have made an improved offer for Mudryk as they step up their attempts to land their priority January transfer target. Shakhtar are reportedly considering Arsenal’s second offer despite it still being way off their very public valuation of over £86million.
With the Gunners projected to finish at least in a Champions League qualification spot next season, it is important that depth is added to the forward areas. Mudryk would certainly be an excellent acquisition and Arsenal are already putting themselves in a great position to secure a deal, if reports are accurate.
French news outlet Foot Mercato also reported on New Year’s Day that Arsenal submitted an improved offer for Mykhaylo Mudryk and a contract with the player has already been agreed.
Amid recent interest in Mudryk, Shakhtar Donetsk’s deputy Sporting Director Carlo Nicolini spoke on a potential deal vis Calciomercato. He said: “Arsenal and Manchester City are two teams that have taken an interest but there are also other clubs.
“We value Mudryk more than Antony of Manchester United, who cost €100million (£86million).”
Mudryk made an admission about his admiration for Arsenal that could boost chances of potential deal. Speaking to CBS Sports, he said: “I think every guy dreams about the Premier League. It’s hard to say [who his preferred move is] but Arsenal is a very good team, very good coach, I like the way they play.”
When asked if he would make a move to the Emirates Stadium he said: “From my side, I can’t say no [to Arsenal]. But the transfer is not only my decision.”
He also spoke in an interview with Vlada Sedan, Oleksandr Zinchenko’s wife, and the 21-year-old suggested the amount of interest from Arsenal supporters was not something he expected.
“One surprise for me was how many Arsenal fans followed me,” Mudryk told Sedan. “No other club’s fans have interacted as much as them. Telling me that they are waiting for me, saying ‘come to us’. One of my recent posts has over 500 comments saying that.”