What do we know?
Arsenal remain in direct negotiations with Shakhtar Donetsk over the transfer of Mykhailo Mudryk. The Gunners have so far had two bids rejected for the Ukrainian. The latest bid being £40m with £20m worth of add-ons.
The Ukraine side have made it clear they want more money upfront. Although their public valuation of the player is £100m, it’s been reported that an upfront fee of around £55m plus add-ons should be enough to get the deal over the line.
Personal terms have already been agreed with the player and he’s made his desires clear. Mudryk wants Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta said in his press conference yesterday “At the end of the day, players decide where they want to play”.
Mykhailo Mudryk pushing for the move to happen this month could have a big part to play in Arsenal getting their man and that’s what it seems Edu and his team are waiting for, before making the next move.
Arsenal have their maximum valuation of the player. They will not be drawn into a bidding war and they won’t overpay.
What happens now?
As per Ben Jacobs on Twitter, Mudryk will be very disappointed if the move to Arsenal doesn’t happen this month.
Arterta said “no updates” on Mudryk, & it’s true nothing new in the last few days. But speaking more generally he dropped a clear hint Mudryk can help force a move. “At the end of the day, players decide where they want to play & if they want to play for our club, that’s great.” pic.twitter.com/NdUAurvrjB
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) January 7, 2023
Arsenal are expected to go in with a third bid very soon, with negotiations continuing and Mikel Arteta will hope the next bid is enough for him to get his man.
With Mudryk desperate for the move to happen & Arsenal’s interest not going away despite two rejected bids, it seems the club is optimistic eventually they will get the player for a price they seem is fit.