'Arsenal are keen': Ornstein says Gunners now want to sign 'high-quality' star, along with Mudryk
Arsenal have already got the ball rolling in terms of prospective January signings.
Although the January transfer window isn’t open yet, the Gunners have begun working on a deal for Mykhaylo Mudryk.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with the Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukraine star in recent months.
Speculation linking the Gunners and Mudryk is likely to intensify over the coming weeks.
However, it looks as though Arsenal are eyeing other players alongside the 21-year-old.
Joao Felix is another name doing the rounds with regards to a potential Emirates Stadium move.
As per talkSPORT, the Atletico Madrid forward has been offered to several clubs, including Arsenal, on loan.
As well as the Gunners, the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United have also been offered Felix’s services.
Now, The Athletic’s David Ornstein has had his say on links between Arsenal and the Portugal ace.
“They’re also keen to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid”, he said on NBC Sport (28/12) ahead of the Leeds United v Manchester City clash.
“He’s been offered to a number of clubs, but at the moment the numbers are too high.
“Jorge Mendes, his agent, knows he needs to move because he’s out of favour at Atletico.
“Arsenal are keen to do it, but the numbers would need to come down for that to happen. And I think probably they will.
“It would only be a six-month loan and that’s going to be be very expensive. But he is a high-quality player.”
‘Similar to the young Ronaldo”
Ornstein is one of the most trusted names in the business, so for him to claim Arsenal are after both Mudryk and Felix will go down a storm among Gunners fans.
Arsenal enjoyed a superb first half of the season and kicked off the post-World Cup schedule with a 3-1 win over West Ham.
The prospect of Mudryk and Felix joining Arsenal, alongside the return of Emile Smith Rowe (and of course Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli) would give the Gunners one of the fiercest front lines in English football. And that’s with Gabriel Jesus on the sidelines.
Felix was one of the most highly-rated youngsters in world football ahead of his move to Atletico.
Earlier this year, All Football App wrote a scouting report about Felix, where they compared him to Cristiano Ronaldo.
“His style of play is quite similar to the young Ronaldo,” they wrote. “He is very skilful, agile and has an excellent technique on the ball.
“He has an unreal vision when it comes to setting up goals for his fellow teammates.
“Capable of playing out wide, a No.10, a false 9, or as part of a front two, it won’t come as a huge surprise that the Portuguese’s biggest strengths are evident when he has the ball.
“His technique and vision are flawless and that allows him to either ease beyond opponents or take an entire defence out of the game with a single pass.”