Arsenal warned Newcastle attractive rival for Mudryk signing

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Arsenal have been told they face a battle with Newcastle to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk this January. The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for the Ukrainian winger, but Eddie Howe’s side will be one of several teams they will have to beat to land his signature.

Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes that it will be “a matter of time” before Mudryk leaves the Ukrainian side, but Arsenal face a battle to sign him amid interest from elsewhere. “He looks like a real talent,” Robinson told Football Insider. “To be putting in performances in the Champions League at his age says a lot.

“I’m sure there are a few clubs looking at him now. It is only a matter of time before he leaves Shakhtar. They cannot keep rebuffing bids. There will be a figure that they have in mind. Newcastle would be an attractive proposition.

“I think they could do with another top winger. Obviously they have [Allan] Saint-Maximin but I’m not sure [Miguel] Almiron, [Jacob] Murphy and [Ryan] Fraser are going to get them to where they want to be. Mudryk is a player for now and the future. Howe is evolving that squad slowly. I think they will continue to develop over the next 12 months.”

Mudryk has already admitted that it would be tough for him to turn down a move to the Emirates in the future. “I do dream [of the Premier League]. I think every guy dreams about the Premier League,” Mudryk told CBS Sports. “Arsenal is a very good team with a very good coach. I like the way they play.

“Yes it would be hard to say no from my side, I can’t say no but the transfer is not only my decision and my word. In winter we will see. There was a lot of discussion about the transfer and the collapse [of the deal] and who wants me but it’s normal now. I’m in Shakhtar and I want to play in this team.”

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While Shakhtar sporting director Darijo Srna confirmed that his side rejected a £26million bid from Everton in the summer, meaning Arteta’s side would have to fork out considerably more than the previous offer after his impressive performances in the Champions League so far this campaign.

“We received an offer of €30million [from Everton],” Srna told CBS Sports. “And when our president doesn’t sell a player for €30million, especially in such difficult times, he is sending a message to everyone that he wants to progress in the Champions League and to win the championship.

“Mudryk is a serious talent. After Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Jr, he’s the best player in Europe in his position. If someone wants to buy Mudryk they must spend a lot, a lot, a lot of money and respect our club and our president.”

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