Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk has impressed in the Champions League and is wanted by Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool
The Gunners remain keen to add a winger to their ranks and have held “positive talks” with the Shakhtar man, who could be available for around £65m, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Arsenal allowed Nicolas Pépé to move to Nice on loan last summer and may look to make their move for Mudryk in January.
Mudryk, 21, has scored seven goals in 14 outings this campaign, including three in the Champions League.
Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi, who takes his side to Arsenal tonight in the third round of the Carabao Cup, played a big role in Mudryk’s development during his time as Shakhtar manager.
“If I don’t bring him to a high level, I will consider it a personal defeat,” Albion’s Italian manager previously said when asked how good his young charge could be.
De Zerbi would certainly be willing to reunite with his former attacker, but the asking price could be too rich for Brighton. The Seagulls’ transfer strategy in recent seasons has been to snap up some of the world’s best young talent for around £10m and under the £10 mark and then develop them and give them opportunities to shine in the Premier League.
It’s a tried and tested formula for Albion that could leave the door open for Arsenal, although they still face competition from Liverpool, Newcastle and Ajax.
“We know them [Arsenal] wanted an extreme Raphinha was the dream, but it was not possible to continue,” Romano said on his YouTube channel yesterday.
“They have had very positive contact with Mudryk from the player side, but then they decided not to continue with Shakhtar because they wanted £40-45m.
“Now Shakhtar want between £60m and £65m,” added Romano. “But Arsenal are still following the player.
“They consider Mudryk to be a top talent and so Arsenal are still there, but let’s see because the race is open now with a lot of top clubs, but Arsenal will be busy in the coming weeks.”