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What Mykhaylo Mudryk said today could've just paved the way for Arsenal to swoop - TBR View
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What Mykhaylo Mudryk said today could've just paved the way for Arsenal to swoop - TBR View

Arsenal have been heavily linked with Mykhaylo Mudryk in recent months.

The Gunners reportedly enquired about the Shakhtar Donetsk star in the summer.

However, Edu was apparently put off by Mudryk’s transfer fee.

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Now, with the January transfer window on the horizon, speculation linking Arsenal and the 21-year-old has intensified.

Mudryk has spoken highly of the Gunners several times, suggesting he’d like to make the move.

And today, the Ukraine international appeared to hit out at the price tag Shakhtar have placed on him.

‘Huge, huge, huge money’

The Athletic recently reported that Shakhtar have told clubs that they will need to pay close to £90million to acquire the services of the forward.

Indeed, recent comments made by Director of Football Dario Srna suggest that he believes the price of their starlet forward is being determined by other transfer moves.

“If somebody wants to buy Mudryk, they must pay huge, huge, huge money,” he told The Athletic. “Otherwise the president of the club (Rinat Akhmetov) will not sell him.

“All the clubs must respect the President, respect Shakhtar and in the end they must respect Mykhaylo Mudryk.

“The market is deciding the price, not me. Antony, (Jack) Grealish, they are players of more than €100m and for me, Mudryk does not have less quality than them.”

‘Maybe never’

Mudryk has since issued a response, speaking to Sport Arena, as transcribed by Metro today.

“Yes, I read this interview,’ he said. “When I found out about my price, I wasn’t just surprised – I was shocked.

“I’ve got a long-term contract with Shakhtar, I give all my strength and energy so that Shakhtar achieves maximum results.

“I really hoped that my game would bring great benefit to Shakhtar and that clubs from top European championships would be interested in me.

“I spoke with my agent and I know that in the summer there were several offers for me from clubs in the top European championships, but the club decided not to let me go. I took it as absolutely normal, because I fully trust Shakhtar’s management.

“You see, I treat the championship of Ukraine with all respect, but every football player has a dream to play in a top club and in a top championship – I am no exception.

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“But I am 100 per cent sure that they are unlikely to buy a player from the championship of Ukraine for 100 million.

“Serhii Anatoliyovych says that the time will come. Maybe so. But I have my opinion that for such an amount, this time will not come soon, and maybe never.

“After reading the interview of the director, I will not hide that I was very upset.

“The amount of €100m puts a barrier for my transition to the top championship, which I so dreamed of. I can’t say that my dream was killed, but wounded, that’s for sure.

“But I’m a professional, I’m a Shakhtar player, we have a few difficult games left in the championship, in which we must win, and I’ll do my best for that.”

Could Arsenal benefit from Mudryk comments?

Mudryk’s comments could well have paved the way for Arsenal to make their move.

Shakhtar’s star player is clearly unhappy with his club’s valuation, and has made it clear publicly.

This forces the club’s hand somewhat – it’s not much good having a key asset if he isn’t happy.

There’s no doubt Arsenal – or any other suitors – would have to pay a lot, but perhaps Shakhtar may start negotiations at a lower amount.

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