Shakhtar Donetsk are willing to sell Mykhailo Mudryk but are holding out for the right price as they believe the Arsenal and Chelsea target is better than one of Manchester United’s most expensive signings.
Mudryk is being heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea in a battle to secure his signature.
The 21-year-old was in red-hot form for Shakhtar before the World Cup break, scoring seven goals in the Ukrainian Premier League and three in the Champions League.
Arsenal are keen to bring Mudryk to the Emirates as they look to bolster a squad that has opened up a seven-point gap at the top of the Premier League table.
But the Gunners face competition from Chelsea, who are willing to back Graham Potter with more cash despite spending more than £250m on new signings last summer.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea are believed to be locked in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk, who value Mudryk at around £85m, according to Sky Sports.
Shakhtar’s valuation stems from the fact they view Mudryk as one of the top five wingers in the world and better than Antony, who completed a £86m move to Manchester United last summer.
Speaking last week, Shakhtar Donetsk chief Sergei Palkin confirmed the club had received offers for Mudryk but they were ‘not the ones we would like to see’ for a deal to be done.
Mudryk has repeatedly suggested he is keen for a move to the Premier League and hailed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta as a ‘top coach’ as he streamed their 4-2 win over Brighton on New Year’s Eve.
Ian Wright has endorsed Arsenal’s move for Mudryk but says his former club could also do with a new midfielder and centre-back in January.
‘You look at the midfield players around like Tchouameni, that kind of player, you can’t get him now obviously but that kind of player,’ the ex-England striker said on the Kelly and Wrighty show.
‘We see they’re going after Mudryk, that’s what they need now, but at some stage Arsenal will need to cover in the midfield and at centre-half as well.’
While Chelsea continue to rival Arsenal for Mudryk, reports say the winger has his heart set on a move to north London and told friends in the last fortnight that he expects to join the Gunners in January.
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