De Zerbi and Brighton could be about to derail Arsenal's hopes of signing 'unstoppable' £50m man in January - TBR View
Arsenal have their sights set on signing Shakhtar Donetsk winger, Mykhaylo Mudryk, with multiple reports claiming he is the number one target.
Mudryk is said to be open to joining Arsenal after a recommendation from Ukrainian teammate Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The pacey winger – who was officially revealed as the quickest player in the Champions League this season – is one of Europe’s most in-demand players. And it’s easy to see why, given his performances for both Shakhtar and Ukraine.
Lauded as ‘unstoppable‘ by Shakhtar, Mudryk would certainly improve Arsenal further. But while the Ukrainian side are said to want around £50m for Mudryk, they might yet bump that figure up thanks, in part, to former boss, Roberto de Zerbi.
De Zerbi to scupper Arsenal’s chances of signing Mudryk
While the new Brighton boss isn’t going back in for Mudryk himself, 90Min has claimed that De Zerbi does indeed fancy getting his hands on some more of his former players.
It’s suggested that the new Brighton coach will go back and try to sign the likes of Mykola Matviyenko, Lassina Traore, and Tete. That, of course, would see the Seagulls stump up a hefty chunk of cash to Shakhtar, and in turn take some of the pressure off of them having to sell Mudryk.
For Arsenal, that could mean a couple of things. Shakhtar might well say to the Gunners that Mudryk will now cost even more, given they won’t actually need to sell so quickly. A worst case scenario is that they say to Arsenal he’s not even available anymore.
Of course, given events in Ukraine at the moment, it’s unlikely Shakhtar would hold Mudryk at the club against his will.
But De Zerbi’s intentions here could throw a spanner in the works. Edu, then, will have to get to work quickly and manage a number of spinning plates if he’s to land one of Europe’s best young players.
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