Arsenal sporting director Edu Gaspar is pushing to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk after an initial £55million bid including add-ons was rejected last week

Edu identifies Mykhaylo Mudryk alternative as Shakhtar Donetsk stall on Arsenal's £62m transfer offer.

Arsenal remain locked in negotiations with Shakhtar Donetsk over a transfer for Mykhaylo Mudryk as they continue their Premier League title charge. The Gunners extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points with a win over Brighton after Manchester City dropped points against Everton.

Gabriel Jesus’ injury during the World Cup threatened to derail their season, but Eddie Nketiah has proved to be a reliable replacement since Premier League action resumed on Boxing Day. The Brazilian summer signing is set to be sidelined until February, but Nketiah has scored in back-to-back games as Mikel Arteta’s side now prepare to face Newcastle.

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The Magpies are enjoying a strong season of their own and are currently challenging inside the top four as Arsenal look to reinforce Arteta’s squad. football.london understands the Gunners had an opening offer of £55million rejected by Shakhtar, but reports have now revealed they have made an improved offer worth around £62million.

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Shakhtar have publicly stated that they want a huge fee for their star attacker, with vice director Carlo Nicolini demanding a fee close to £100million, the same price as what City paid for Jack Grealish. Nicolini told Italian news outlet Calciomercato: “€60million (£53million) it’s not enough to sign Mudryk.

“Our director said that we need a bid closer to the Jack Grealish fee (£100million) than Antony (£86million) to sell Mudryk. We’re not even considering a bid with €40million (£35million) as fixed fee.”

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