Report: Arsenal prepared to break their club-record to sign Mudryk
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Report: Arsenal prepared to break their club-record to sign Mudryk

Arsenal are prepared to break their club-record to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk with the Gunners in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk about a deal for the winger, according to a report from 90min.

Mudryk has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates for some time now. He is enjoying an unbelievable season with Shakhtar, with 10 goals and eight assists already.

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Reports from the Daily Mirror claimed that Arsenal already had the framework of a deal in place. Mikel Arteta’s men were apparently ready to pay £40 million plus add-ons for the 21-year-old.

Arsenal prepared to break club-record on Mudryk

That report came as a big surprise for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the January transfer window is still some time away. And secondly, there have been suggestions that he would cost £86 million (€100 million).

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Shakhtar believe Mudryk is on a similar level to Jack Grealish, hence the asking price (90min). So perhaps the suggestion that Arsenal were close to an initial £40 million deal was premature.

The good news for supporters hoping to see a deal for Mudryk is that 90min adds that the Gunners are thought to be prepared to break their transfer record to sign the youngster.

Nicolas Pepe remains Arsenal’s most expensive signing, arriving for £72 million. Unfortunately, Pepe has, so far, proved to be an underwhelming addition when you consider the cost.

Arsenal may welcome the chance to have another player hold the title of being the club’s record buy. But clearly, it would be a massive statement if Mudryk cost them more than £72 million.

There is absolutely no doubt about his potential. And 90min suggests that the likes of Ajax, Juventus and AC Milan are all admirers too.

But it would pile the pressure on Mudryk if he arrived as Arsenal’s most expensive signing of all-time.

If they decide to make the move, the Gunners hierarchy clearly think that he can live up to expectations.

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