Arsenal report: Mykhaylo Mudryk agrees five-year contract
Arsenal target Mykhaylo Mudryk has agreed a five-year contract.
That’s according to reports saying the Ukrainian, who is by far the Gunners’ No. 1 priority in this window, is desperate to move to North London. Chelsea are also apparently interested, but remain firmly second in the race for his signature.
Mudryk has been linked with a move to the Premier League since last summer and could have joined Arsenal by the end of that spell.
However, it is a big detail. Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk are yet to agree on a fee for the starlet, with a gap between the pair’s valuation.
although The times (opens in new tab) say personal terms are not an issue for the Gunners when it comes to transferring Mudryk, Target (opens in new tab) says the 22-year-old’s employers are demanding a whopping £88 million for his signature. Arsenal have already rejected a £55 million offer the Express (opens in new tab)of the sun (opens in new tab) say a £62 million offer is imminent.
Arsenal are now in a position where Mudryk could force the move. There are no reports so far that the player himself has asked to leave, despite the apparent willingness to go to the current front-runner.
Shakhtar otherwise seems unwilling to budge on their asking price – especially mid-season. Arsenal, meanwhile, have reportedly failed to rekindle their interest with other historic transfer targets, such as Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Pedro Neto, also in their sights this summer.
Emirates Stadium sporting director Edu Gaspar has shown in past deals with the likes of Houssem Aouar, Douglas Luiz and James Maddison that he is unwilling to compromise on the Gunners’ valuation of a player. He prefers to miss certain targets than to pay too much.
The question will be whether the club would rather pay out on a player who could be key in the run-up to a title. Transfer market (opens in new tab) states that Mudryk is worth around 40 million euros, having signed a contract last year.
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