Journalist suggests Mykhaylo Mudryk is not ready for Arsenal move
Journalist Julien Laurens has told the Gab and Juls podcast that he is not sure that Mykhaylo Mudryk is ready for the Premier League yet amid reports Arsenal are set to sign him in a £40 million deal.
Mudryk is one of the most sought-after players in Europe at the moment. He has been in stunning form for Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring 10 goals and providing eight assists in 18 games.
And it seems that he may be heading to England in the not too distant future.
It would appear to be a real coup for Arsenal to sign Mudryk – particularly in a window which could go a long way to determining whether they will end their 19-year wait for a Premier League title.
Mudryk not ready for the Premier League
However, Laurens has responded to the reports by expressing some concern about whether Mudryk will be able to make an impact at this stage.
“I’m a fan to a certain extent, because I’m not really sure he’s ready yet for the Premier League. I’m not saying about Arsenal and the way Arsenal play, just for the Premier League full stop,” he told the Gabs and Juls podcast.
“He’s still someone who needs a lot of space in front of him for his pace to get him going and to make those differences. I don’t think, for example, he will be very comfortable in tight spaces.
“On one vs one, I think there’s so much potential there to exploit that with the right coaching, like an Arteta for example, I think he can improve very quickly. So it will depend on how much money you have to spend. If we’re talking around the 70, 80 million, I think this is too much for someone like him who I really don’t think he’s ready yet.”
Both Laurens and Gabriele Marcotti expressed some doubt about the likelihood of Mudryk leaving for £40 million. That comes after The Athletic suggested that Shakhtar want £86 million (€100 million) for the winger.
In fairness, the Mirror’s report notes that the £40 million is the initial figure. And it will include further add-ons. So it may be significantly more.
If that is the case, and the deal is going to be done for an initial £40 million, it could be a real coup for the Gunners.
But clearly, Arsenal fans may need to be patient with Mudryk should he make the move in January.