Competition for Arsenal as Newcastle move for Mudryk
The young winger has attracted a lot of attention from European sides, especially after his impressive performances in the Champions League this season.
The Ukrainian was one of the standout performers for Shakhtar Donetsk’s side, who finished third in their group. Mudrik scored three goals and provided two assists in five Champions League games, which helped his team qualify for the Europa League.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the 21-year-old as TuttoJuve journalist Mirco Di Natale recently claimed the Gunners have made an official £52.4m bid.
Mikel Arteta is looking to increase his attacking options this winter and appears to have identified Mudric as the man to back Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli at the Emirates Stadium.
Despite genuine interest from north London, Arsenal are not the only ones showing strong interest as it looks like Premier League rivals could try to steal their train.
According to Football Insider, Newcastle have started laying the groundwork for the player’s signature. It is also said that Eddie Howe is looking for an “A-list forward” who can play long distance and provide a consistent scoring threat.
And Mudric is one of the few players on the European continent to meet many requirements, not just both.
Scouts from several clubs closely watched the performance of a player who was seen by many in the industry as a ‘talent of the generation’.
Arsenal will certainly be concerned about the Tyneside club, not only for their new financial strength but also for their recent form. Howe’s men are third in the league table, just seven points behind leaders Arsenal.
But the rich history of North London outfits may be what draws their goals to them. And the player himself has previously come forward and said it would be difficult to say no to Arsenal.
We’ll have to see how things develop over the coming weeks but it looks like Mudryk will be in demand as we approach the January window and he would be an excellent signing for whoever wins the competition.