Report gives brand new update on Mudryk to Arsenal with Gunners now £35m short of asking price
Arsenal have made their bid for Mykhaylo Mudryk but as of now, Shakhtar Donetsk are holding out for a huge sum of money.
The Times reports how a bid of around £45m has now gone in from Arsenal as they look to get a deal for Mudryk over the line. It comes as the Gunners watch from afar as Liverpool sign Cody Gakpo, another player they were keen on.
However, while that £45m bid is in there from Arsenal, it’s nowhere near to being accepted. The Times reports how the Ukrainian outfit are still – as it stands – looking to get around £80m for Mudryk if they can. It means that at the moment, the Gunners are still some £35m short of meeting what Shakhtar want for their man.
Mudryk has dropped a trail of hints all week that he is wanting this deal to get done. Indeed, the Ukrainian winger even liked a post from Fabrizio Romano about the potential transfer, suggesting he wants this deal done.
But at the moment, it seems Arsenal might need to find a lot more cash. Of course, anything close to £80m would make Mudryk the club’s record buy over Nicolas Pepe, who cost £72m.
TBR’s View: Arsenal might need to be smart in Mudryk talks
There’s no way Arsenal will pay £80m for Mudryk in January. It just won’t happen. However, they might go higher than the £45m that’s being reported at the moment.
Mikel Arteta needs backing by the board with the title there for the taking right now. Mudryk is a player who clearly everyone at the club wants. Of course, there also has to be sense when it comes to paying out the fees.
The Gunners, then, might have to be smart here and structure the deal to Shakhtar’s liking, but without quite going to that £80m figure.