Report: Arsenal could now turn to 'world class' 23-year-old as Murdryk bid falters
Arsenal are struggling to get a deal done for Mykhaylo Mudryk at the moment and according to the Guardian, could now turn to Joao Felix instead.
There has been talk of both Mudryk and Felix arriving in January as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his offensive options for the second half of the season. Mudryk, as we all know, is the number one target. But as it stands, Shakhtar are holding firm and have rejected an initial bid worth £55m from the Gunners.
And the Guardian claims in its transfer round up that Felix is the one Arsenal might turn to if the Mudryk bid fails.
Of course, news of a potential breakdown in discussions to land Mudryk will not go down well with Arsenal fans. The winger has been linked for so long, that some saw the Ukrainian as effectively signed.
But Shakhtar’s insistence and resilience seems to be working as it stands.
Arsenal, then, could turn to Atletico’s Felix. Their interest in the Portuguese striker is well known as it is, although his price tag and expensive loan fee was thought to be putting the Gunners off.
But with no deal in sight as yet for Mudryk, Arsenal could have to change tact and pay up to land Felix instead.
TBR’s View: Felix over Mudryk would disappoint Arsenal fans
And that’s not because Joao Felix is a bad player who wouldn’t do well with the Gunners. It’s just that they’ve had their eyes set on Mudryk for so long that it would be a huge let down if he didn’t sign now.
Shakhtar are within their rights to ask for huge money as we know. And it appears Arsenal won’t be held to ransom either.
Of course, the window isn’t even officially open yet and a lot can change. Felix, then, is clearly someone being considered by the Arsenal board.
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