Shakhtar director ‘cannot deny’ Arsenal interest in Mykhaylo Mudryk as they battle ‘many clubs’

Shakhtar Donetsk sporting director has confirmed Arsenal’s “interest” in winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, who will be too expensive for clubs from Italy.

Mudryk has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League since the summer transfer window.

The Ukrainian forward was attracting interest from Arsenal, Brentford and Everton last summer, when he was reportedly valued at around £30million.

However, his exploits in the Champions League this term – plus how much clubs have been spending in the transfer market – have seen his price increase greatly.

Reports have suggested that Shakhtar want around £85m for their prized asset, though several journalists have suggested they would be willing to accept a lower offer.

The likes of Brentford and Everton will probably be out of the running to sign Mudryk in January, though Arsenal remain constantly linked with the 21-year-old.

Mikel Arteta is eager to bolster his attack, and following the injury to Gabriel Jesus, is expected to do just that when the transfer window re-opens next month.

manchester city, Newcastle Unitedand several other clubs around Europe are believed to be interested in signing Mudryk, who seems destined to leave Shakhtar in 2023.

It is not clear whether or not it will be sold in the winter or summer window, however.

Arsenal’s desire to sign Mudryk has been very well documented, and it is no surprise to see Shakhtar’s sporting director Carlo Nicolini confirm the Premier League leaders’ interest.

Having said that, fans will see this as a boost and are hoping the Gunners’ interest turns into a formal bid in January.

Nicolini said “Today, Mudryk has been told, like all other players, to present himself for the training in Antalya on the 9th of January. There is interest from Arsenal, I cannot deny it.”

The director says there have been no official bids made for Mudryk, but believes interested clubs from Italy will be priced out of a deal.

“Many clubs are interested in Mudryk, but there weren’t official offers,” he added. “In my opinion, Italian teams have not enough economic strength for a player like this.

“The Italians bring low proposals, we don’t even sit to negotiate

There are many candidates English, Spanish, French. They [Arsenal and Manchester City] are two teams that have taken an interest in the player.”

Speaking in November, Mudryk admitted that his reported asking price of €100m (£87m) “shocked” him.

“When I found out about my price, I wasn’t just surprised – I was shocked,” the 21-year-old Ukraine international reportedly told Sport Arena.

“I have a long-term contract with Shakhtar, I give all my strength and energy so that Shakhtar achieves maximum results…but every football player has a dream to play in a top club and in a top championship – I am no exception.”

Mudryk did admit that Shakhtar’s valuation “upset” him, as he does not expect a club to pay that fee for a player playing in Ukraine.

“But I am 100 per cent sure that they are unlikely to buy a player from the championship of Ukraine for €100m,” he added.

“I will not hide that I was very upset. The amount of 100 million puts a barrier for my transition to the top championship, which I so dreamed of.

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