Arsenal now have a ‘good chance’ to sign Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk in the January transfer window, according to a new report.
The Lowdown: Arsenal need goals
Given the fact that Gabriel Jesus has had to undergo knee surgery after sustaining an injury while competing for Brazil, there may be more depth required in forward areas, prompting interest in Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic.
Juve are in financial turmoil amid a spree of boardroom resignations, and the Gunners reportedly initiated talks with the Serbian striker’s agents this week.
Links to the Mudryk meanwhile are nothing new, with Fabrizio Romano previously admitting that the club ‘really appreciate’ him, and they could now be set to launch a transfer bid.
The Latest: Contact made with Mudryk
A report from The Athletic’s David Ornstein now details that Arsenal are in contact with representatives of both Shakhtar and the player himself, with a view to bringing him to the club in January.
It is also stated that there is confidence the Gunners will be able to land the starlet, although nothing is yet agreed, with his current club valuing him at a staggering £89.5m.
With the youngster being eager to move to England, however, it is believed that the club will be able to sign him for less than that figure.
The Verdict: Better option than Vlahovic?
Journalist Manuel Veth has labelled the Arsenal target as ‘incredible’, while Josh Bunting has previously praised him for his ‘fantastic‘ finishing ability, which would be a huge boost for the Gunners amid the injury to Jesus.
The eight-time Ukraine international has burst onto the scene over the past couple of seasons, but it is during this campaign in which he has really excelled, averaging more than one goal contribution a game in the Ukrainian Premier League, courtesy of seven goals and six assists in 13 outings.
While there may be some concern that he has only put in this level of performance in a comparatively weaker division, Mudryk has also exhibited his qualities in the Champions League, netting three goals and bagging two assists in the competition this term.
Given the youngster’s ability to play multiple positions, he could contribute regularly once Jesus is fit, while a move for Vlahovic would leave the manager with a headache given his preferred 4-2-3-1 system.