Shakhtar Donetsk sporting director Darijo Srna says anyone looking to buy Mykhaylo Mudryk would have to spend a lot of money, amid links to Arsenal.
Shakhtar’s Mykhaylo Mudryk has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks, but sporting director Darijo Srna believes the winger is a top talent and should only leave for a large fee.
“Mykhaylo Mudryk is a serious talent,” Srna said. “After Mbappe & Vinicius Jr, he’s the best player in Europe in his position. If someone wants to buy Mudryk they must spend a lot, a lot, a lot of money.”
Arsenal’s interest in Mudryk will only have increased with his start to Shakhtar’s Champions League campaign, as he’s scored two and assisted two in two group games.
Speaking about a potential transfer to the Premier League recently, Mudryk admitted it’s a dream of his and he wouldn’t be able to turn Arsenal down.
“Every guy dreams it (playing in the Premier League),” Mudryk said. “Arsenal are a very good team, very good coach, I like the way they play.
“From my side, I can’t say no (if Arsenal made an offer). But transfers are not only my decision and my word.”
For the time being, Mudryk will remain with Shakhtar, and he’s keen to focus on his current side until the January transfer window.
“In winter, we will see,” Mudryk added. “There were a lot of discussions about the transfer, about clubs who want me. But it’s normal. Now, I’m in Shakhtar and I want to play in this team. I love this team.”
The Guardian’s Nick Ames reported on deadline day that he expects Mudryk to be one of the sagas of the winter window, adding that Arsenal will watch closely to see how he fares in the Champions League.
Fabrizio Romano had reported that Arsenal explored the conditions of a deal on the player’s side in August, but it didn’t lead to a late bid as the Gunners focused on signing a midfielder.
David Ornstein confirmed for The Athletic that Mudryk was among Arsenal’s candidates for a wide-forward signing before that ultimately unsuccessful shift to a pursuit of a midfield signing.