Despite Chelsea’s best efforts to derail Arsenal’s pursuit of Mykhailo Mudryk it appears we are edging towards a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk for the 21-year-old winger.

Outed earlier in the month as the club’s “priority target”, the Ukraine international has heavily hinted that he wants to become a Gunner and it’s claimed personal terms have already been agreed.

o far, two offers have been lodged by Edu and his team but with Shakhtar setting a high asking price (originally €100 million), there’s been lots of toing and froing over the structure of a deal.

According to Sport Arena, Arsenal want add-on bonuses to make up 30% of the entire transfer fee while Shakhtar are pushing for a maximum of 20%.

The Gunners had an initial €60 million package (€40 million upfront plus €20 million in add-ons) rejected and followed up with another approach that was also turned down.

Fingers crossed we can reach an agreement as soon as possible because the regulatory and visa-issuing process seems to take longer than it used to. In the meantime, Mudryk is due to arrive in Antalya, Turkey for Shakhtar’s winter break training camp.

Arsenal play Sp*rs in the north London derby on Sunday – likely to come too soon for Mudryk – and have dates with Manchester United and Manchester City on the agenda before the end of the month.

Last night, Mikel Arteta praised Eddie Nketiah’s form in the absence of Gabriel Jesus but reiterated the club’s lack of depth up front saying, “The problem is we have only one [striker]!”


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