Arsenal would be ‘sending out a message’ if they managed to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, according to journalist Dean Jones.
The Gunners are one of several Premier League sides to be credited with an interest in the 21-year-old, who is fast becoming the most in-demand star in European football at this moment in time.
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Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano previously revealed to GiveMeSport that Arsenal ‘explored’ the possibility of signing Mudryk in the summer after making contact with his agent.
And the Ukraine international then stated in a remarkably honest interview with CBS reporter Ben Jacobs that he would be open to the possibility of joining the capital club.
However, Shakhtar sporting director Carlo Nicolini has since claimed that Mudryk will cost ‘more than Antony’ following his big-money move from Ajax to Manchester United in the previous transfer window.
“Is €40m enough to buy him? We do not speak to these figures. Not even for €50m, we don’t even call the president to communicate the offer,” he told Calciomercato.it program, TV Play.
“We value Mudryk more than Antony of Manchester United, who cost €100m (£86m). We are not obliged to sell; we do not want to make phenomena.”
What has Jones said about Mudryk?
Jones believes that bringing Mudryk to the Emirates Stadium would prove beneficial both on and off the pitch for Arsenal given his reputation within the game.
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In an interview with GMS, he said: “Someone like Mudryk, you’ve got six, seven, eight clubs looking at him at the moment.
“If you end up signing him, you’ve got not only a special talent but you’re sending a message to the rest of Europe that, ‘these are the kinds of players who will come here, you should come too’.”
How good is Mudryk?
Mudryk registered two goals and seven assists in 11 Premier Liga games last season before Skahktar’s campaign was halted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
And the 5 foot 9 ace has taken his game to new heights in the current campaign, finding the back of the net on seven occasions in his 12 appearances across all competitions, setting up seven further strikes along the way.
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As per FBref, Mudryk has also ranked in the 95th percentile for completed dribbles, 92nd for progressive passes received, and the 87th for touches in the attacking penalty area amongst his positional peers over the last year.
It’s little surprise that Mudryk is on the radar of so many top teams, and Arsenal could hand Mikel Arteta another exceptional attacking option if they can secure his signature.
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