Chelsea have reportedly promised Shakhtar Donetsk they will pay whatever it takes to sign Mikhailo Mudryk with Arsenal’s second offer for winger set to be rejected.
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Arsenal have been monitoring the player for over 12 months and are desperate to add more firepower to their attack in order to sustain their title challenge.
The Gunners’ need for more options was seen last night when they were held at home to a goalless draw by Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.
Without Emile Smith Rowe, still not fit to make his first team return, Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelson, Arteta chose not to make a single attacking change against Newcastle with only Fabio Vieira, a midfielder, and Marquinho as options.
Arsenal saw their opening offer for Mudryk turned down last week and although they have upped their bid to around £62m that too is set to be rejected, according to Goal.
The Ukrainian side value Mudryk at closer to £88m and have pointed to the recent transfers of Jack Grealish and Antony as reason not to be lowballed by Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
Shakhtar are reported to be ready to postpone discussions until the summer, but director Darijo Srna is due in London this week and is set to hold talks with Chelsea, before attending their game against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
According to the Independent, Chelsea have informed Shakhtar that they would have little issue with meeting their valuation and are ready to gazump their local rivals.
Mudryk is believed to have already agreed personal terms with Arsenal and regards them as his first choice having flirted with the club openly in recent weeks.
Arsenal are said to be relaxed about the chances of Graham Potter’s Chelsea scuppering a deal for the exciting youngster and are confident of making him the first of two signings in the January window.