This week, Arsenal will make a better offer for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk..
On Saturday evening, while watching Arsenal play Brighton, the Ukraine international posted on social media once more.
Chelsea have also expressed interest, as Arsenal’s initial £45 million offer falls far short of Shakhtar’s desired £85 million valuation.
Since Todd Boehly’s takeover, the Blues have been heavily investing in players with an eye toward the future. Mudryk, who turns 22 on January 5, would undoubtedly fit that description.
Arsenal, on the other hand, remain strong favourites to sign the winger, with Mikel Arteta’s side keen to add more attacking options to their title challenge..
On New Year’s Eve, Mudryk posted on Instagram that he was watching ‘two great coaches’ – Arteta and his former Shakhtar Donetsk manager Roberto Ze Derbi, who is now managing Arsenal’s opponents Brighton – face off in the final Premier League match of 2022..
It has been interpreted as yet another hint towards Mudryk’s possible move to North London – one that could be hijacked by Chelsea if they match the Ukrainian club’s higher valuation of their 21-year-old winger.
Arsenal moved seven points clear at the top of the table with a 4-2 victory over Ze Derbi’s Seagulls, after Manchester City and Newcastle drew earlier in the day..
Meanwhile, Chelsea is stepping up their pursuit of Benfica’s World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez, who is valued at around £106 million.
Graham Potter’s Blues face Nottingham Forest and Manchester City in the coming week, while Arsenal host another of the chasers, Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United, at the Emirates on Tuesday night.