Arsenal will need to act quickly to secure the signature of Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk, with the club in conversations, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Mikel Arteta has prioritised a move for the 21-year-old in January, as he looks to add more firepower to his squad with Gabriel Jesus injured for an extended period.
The Gunners currently sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League, but are looking to strengthen their depth to keep up their consistency for the rest of the season, and Mudryk is seen as a perfect fit.
Speaking on the Here We Go Podcast, (9.50) Romano claimed that Arsenal are in conversations for the winger, and that whilst the player wants the move, it is down to the clubs to agree a deal.
“For Mudryk Arsenal are still working on it, it’s true that Arsenal are still in direct contact with his agents, we already said he’s a priority for Arsenal, and now it is important to understand if they will be able to reach an agreement with Shakhtar,” Romano stated.
“So the point is the club because the player is happy about Arsenal as a future destination. Now, it’s between Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk.
“There are conversations but still not advanced or close to being completed, but Mudryk remains an Arsenal target. Of course, if they want him, they have to be fast.”
TIF thoughts on Mudryk and Arsenal…
The winger would be an excellent signing as he could even play through the middle whilst Jesus is injured, and provides strong cover for Gabriel Martinelli or Bukayo Saka.
At just 21 years old he has been in excellent form for Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring ten and assisting eight times in 18 appearances this season, and could be a signing that helps propel Arsenal in the title race.
Although they have a strong lead over Man City, they know how ruthless Pep Guardiola’s side can be, and adding a potentially top-class attacker to a side already thriving could give them enough of a boost to win their first title since 2004.