Arsenal transfer target Mykhaylo Mudryk hasn’t been shy when it comes to expressing his admiration for the Gunners.
But his move to the Emirates Stadium appears to have hit another stumbling block, with his current club Shakhtar Donetsk set to reject the Premier League club’s second bid for the winger.
In November the 22-year-old revealed in an interview with fellow Ukrainian and Gunners left back Oleksandr Zinchenko’s wife – Vlada – that he admired the club’s style of play and kept up with their results.
“Yeah. I check on them in ‘myscore’ and know when they’re playing I can check on them,” Mudryk said.
“I also watch them too. [Arsenal are] a very dynamic side, in general not just in controlling possession but also in scoring goals.”
The player’s more recent social media posts suggest he sees Arsenal as his ideal destination, too, after he shared snaps of him watching the Premier League leaders in action as Arsenal beat Brighton 4-2.
He also labelled Mikel Arteta as a ‘top coach’ in the post.
The Gunners side had already had a bid of £52million rejected for Mudryk, who has scored ten goals and recorded eight assists in 18 appearances this season.
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It’s understood the club’s CEO Sergei Palkin is now in talks with Chelsea too, who are also interested in their superstar.
It’s also been reported that the Ukrainian side are expecting bids to reflect the fees paid for Premier League stars Jack Grealish – who signed for Manchester City for £100million – and Antony, who cost Manchester United £85million.
That leaves Arsenal’s bid falling well short of the sort of price Shakhtar want for the Ukraine international.
The Sun reported that should the Blues meet Shakhtar’s asking price and offer better terms on a contract, they could be successful in beating their rivals to the signature.
With the club’s sporting director Darijo Srna set to travel to London this week, it’s likely a decision over his future may not take too long to make.
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