Optimistic Gunners accept Mykhailo Mudryk deal with Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix as target.
Arsenal are still in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over the signing of Mykhailo Mudryk.
Gunners are willing to pay a fee close to Shakhtar’s valuation; Negotiations are ongoing between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid over the signing of striker Joao Felix.
There is growing optimism that Arsenal will complete a deal to buy Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk, while the Gunners are also in talks with Atletico Madrid over the loan signing of Joao Felix.
Arsenal and Shakhtar are continuing to negotiate the amount of Mudryk’s fee and payment structure.
Arsenal are willing to pay a fee close to Shakhtar’s £85m valuation. An agreement has yet to be reached but Arsenal are working to find a compromise.
Sources familiar with the deal feel clubs will ‘find a solution’ with the 21-year-old wanting to leave and personal terms may not be an issue.
Reports from last week suggested that Shakhtar considers Mudryk, who has only made eight appearances for his country and has yet to score a goal in the international arena, as one of the top five wingers in the world.
Shakhtar believes he is better than Antony at Manchester United, who cost Ajax £86m in the summer, and is using him as a benchmark in negotiations.
Last week, Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin confirmed that the club had received offers for Mudryk, including from Arsenal, but they were ‘not the people we wanted to see’ for an agreement to be passed.
Chelsea also follow Mudryk but have not made an official offer for the Ukrainian, who watched Arsenal’s game against West Ham on Gift Day on TV and posted a picture on Instagram.