Arsenal focused on signing Mykhaylo Mudryk

Arsenal are prioritising the transfer of Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk during the January transfer window, The Athletic’s David Orstein reports.

The Gunners have performed exceptionally in the Premier League during the first half of the season and they are currently five points clear of Manchester City for the top spot.

With an unexpected title bid on the horizon, The Kroenke family are now prepared to back the manager with funds and it is reported that Mudryk is the main priority.

Shakhtar Donetsk recently stated that the Ukrainian would cost €100 million in January, but interested parties including Arsenal believe a lower fee would be acceptable.

Meanwhile, it is claimed that the 21-year-old is focused on moving to the Premier League in January and is determined to make the Emirates Stadium his destination.

Arsenal appear likely to sign Mudryk this winter

The Gunners recently suffered a big blow with Gabriel Jesus undergoing surgery for a knee injury. This led to suggestions that they could cool their pursuit of Mudryk to sign a striker.

However, this does not appear the case. The club are still interested in landing Mudryk and it remains to be seen what kind of a fee that Shakhtar will accept for the highly-rated winger.

Mudryk has had a superb season at club level. He has registered 10 goals and eight assists from just 18 appearances. Five of those contributions have been in the Champions League.

Hence, the youngster has shown that he has the credentials to succeed at the highest level and the Gunners will be hoping to prise him away for a reasonable fee up front with future add-ons.

A fixed fee of around £40m (€47m) could be agreed between the clubs. One of the add-ons could be Champions League qualification which should be a formality for Arsenal from hereon.

The Gunners are already 11 points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United in the Premier League.

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