Mychajlo Mudryk admits he could not say no to Arsenal move in January
Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Mychajlo Mudryk has admitted he would struggle to turn down Arsenal if they make a move for him in January.
Fabrizio Romano had reported at the end of the transfer window (29 August) that both the Gunners and Everton were after the 21-year-old Ukrainian, but it is the side from London that most of the focus has now fallen on due to the player’s apparent preference.
Mudryk but himself in the shop window on Wednesday night (8 September) with an excellent display in Shakhtar’s 4-1 demolition of RB Leipzig in the Champions League, where he scored one and assisted two, and he has now fan the flames of speculation towards a winter Premier League move.
The winger told Ben Jacobs for CBS Sports Golazo: “For me it’s very important all my thoughts [are] only about Shakhtar. But in winter we will see.”
Asked by Jacobs if he dreams of playing in the Premier League he answered: “Yes, yes. I think every guy dreams about the Premier League.”
Then pushed on a club he would prefer, and prompted on Arsenal being interested he said: “Yes it’s hard to say, but Arsenal is a very good team, very good coach. I like the way they play.
“From my side, I can’t say no. But a transfer is not only my decision and my word.”
That will no doubt be more then enough to get Arsenal fans excited for January, and if the club were already interested in him they are sure to be even more so after the first round of Champions League matches.
That is exactly where the north Londoners want to get back to and by adding a player of Mudryk’s calibre, and potential to improve further, they would likely be improving their chances of returning.
Everton apparently had an actual offer turned down in August, so whether they would remain in the hunt is a question, but in light of the financial issues at Goodison Park it would seem that the young winger’s price is likely to climb out of their range in the coming months.
They have only recently shed a high-price and once coveted wide man at the Emirates in Nicolas Pepe so they will need to be convinced before they walk into the same situation.
In Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli they already have a pair of accomplished young wingers in the squad as well.
But Mudryk is going about his business in a way that will be doing nothing to deter interested parties, and will no doubt only increasing their number.
With 19 appearances in all competitions last year, which included two goals and nine assists, he has clearly made a step up for the new campaign where he has already played four times, scored once, and assisted three.
If he continues on that trajectory then he might yet have the pick of the Premier League giants come January.
In other Arsenal news, defender William Saliba has drawn praise from Jamie Redknapp.