Arsenal are set to win the race to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk when the transfer window reopens in January, according to The Mirror.
The Gunners were regularly linked with the Ukrainian during the back end of the summer transfer window, but a deal did not materialise before the deadline.
This has not stopped the speculation and it is now reported that the north London giants are planning to land the 21-year-old for £40 million plus add-ons.
Shakhtar recently stunned Mudryk with their £90m asking price, but it appears they have been convinced to lower their demands ahead of the New Year.
Mudryk could be a star of the future
Mudryk has yet to prove himself in the Premier League but he has shown his quality in Europe.
He has registered 10 goals and eight assists from just 18 appearances this campaign. Out of this, five goal involvements were in the Champions League group stage.
Mudryk has excelled with his pace and dribbling, but has also caught the eye with his defensive contributions. He has a superb work rate and averages one tackle per game.
At £40m, the Gunners may have a potential bargain signing on their hands.
We don’t know what the add-ons could be, but it may involve them winning the Premier League as well as qualifying for Champions League football next season.
Nonetheless, it will be interesting to watch how Mudryk would adapt if he were to join the club. The youngster could provide direct competition to Gabriel Martinelli.
He can play on either wing but the left flank is obviously his strongest position. The Ukrainian recently said that he wants a fair chance from the manager to prove himself.
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