‘I’m told’: Arsenal still interested in signing ‘frightening’ attacker, but there’s a problem - Fabrizio Romano
The Gunners were on the lookout for wingers over the summer as Mikel Arteta set about bolstering his attacking options.
They got deals for Gabriel Jesus and Marquinhos over the line but missed out on Raphinha to Barcelona.
Arsenal’s interest in Mudryk has been well-documented, with the player even admitting that he ‘dreams’ of playing in the Premier League just days after the summer window shut.
Arsenal still interested in Mudryk
“We know that they wanted a winger, Raphinha was the dream but then it was not possible to proceed,” Romano said.
“They had very positive contacts on Mudryk’s side but then they decided not to proceed with Shakhtar because they wanted more than 40 to 45 million. Now Shakhtar wants more than 60 to 65 million I’m told.
“So it’s not going to be an easy one. But Arsenal are still following the player. They consider Mudryk a top talent and so Arsenal are still there.
“Let’s see because now the race is open with many clubs involved but Arsenal will be busy in the next weeks and months.”
Mudryk has been putting in some impressive displays in Ukraine and has caught the eye with some dazzling Champions League performances.
The Ukrainian winger has already scored and provided five assists in the Premier Liga. He also bagged three goals and registered two assists before Shakhtar were knocked out at the Champions League group stage.
Arsenal have coped well without additional quality depth across their front-line so far and are flying high at the top of the Premier League.
But you get the feeling that Arteta will need reinforcements in January if he is to maintain their league position.
Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli have been standout performers for the Gunners. But they lack quality depth in the wide areas and Arteta will be keen to address this in the next transfer window.