Record fee needed: FC Arsenal ahead in poker for the Donetsk star

Arsenal FC have held talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over a transfer of Mykhaylo Mudryk, 90min have learned.

Record fee needed: FC Arsenal ahead in poker for the Donetsk star

Arsenal FC have held talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over a transfer of Mykhaylo Mudryk, 90min have learned. The Gunners are in pole position with the winger.

The 21-year-old is one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe at the moment and Shakhtar are open to selling their key player - but only at the right price, of course.

Shakhtar have already publicly stated that Mudryk is priced at over €100m, with the fee being based on Jack Grealish's move to Manchester City.

"Whoever wants to sign Mudryk has to pay a large sum, otherwise our president will not sell him," Donetsk director Darijo Srna said at the weekend. "Jack Grealish was sold for more than 100 million euros and Mudryk's level is no lower."

Mudryk himself has made no secret of his interest in a move. In the summer he was about to move to Brentford, but then a possible deal with Bayer Leverkusen fell through.

AC Milan, Juventus, Ajax and Newcastle United have also been keen on him in recent months but 90min have learned Arsenal are set to lead the race for Mudryk.

The Gunners are looking to sign a new striker in January after failing to sign Raphinha in the summer. They are also interested in a midfielder and a defender - but a new attacker is their top priority.

Moussa Diaby, Christian Pulisic and Joao Felix have also been discussed by the sporting leadership but Mudryk is the player they are dying to have.

Sources close to the Gunners believe Arsenal are ready to break their club record (Nicolas Pepe, €80m) to bring Mudryk to north London. But it remains to be seen if they can come to an agreement with Shakhtar.

This article was originally published on 90min.com as Record fee needed: Arsenal FC in poker for Donetsk star ahead.

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