Everton and Arsenal chase Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mychajlo Mudryk - Fabrizio Romano
Arsenal have been investigating a deal to sign Ukrainian winger Mychajlo Mudryk after Everton had a big-money offer turned down, Fabrizio Romano reports.
The prominent journalist has marked the Shakhtar Donetsk youngster as one to watch in the final days of the transfer window, with activity hotting up around him and interest very high.
The Toffees have already proposed paying €30million to sign him, which was rejected by the Ukrainian giants.
Romano wrote on his personal Twitter account Monday afternoon (29 August): “Keep an eye on top talent Mychajlo Mudryk. Everton had €30m verbal proposal turned down by Shakhtar Donetsk last week.
“Arsenal have explored conditions of Mudryk deal few days ago – but just on player side. Many clubs want him, one to watch until the end.”
The 21-year-old, who’s preferred position is on the left wing, has scored twice and assisted 10 times in just 28 senior outings for Shakhtar.
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It looks like if a move is going to happen in the next few days it will not be a cheap one, but if the level of interest is as high as it appears that doesn’t rule it out by any means.
Everton’s interest has no doubt be heightened by the fact they are negotiating the situation around their own in-demand young winger in Anthony Gordon.
Chelsea are pushing hard to sign the Merseyside star, already bidding as high as £60million this summer, and with the final days of the window ticking down the Toffees are going to need a late replacement if he does end up leaving.
The profiles are remarkably similar as they play the same position, are the same age, and aren’t even too different in size.
Should their current man matching the description end up leaving, although Frank Lampard appears to believe he can keep hold of him still, then the club will be armed with a large influx of cash and should be capable of testing the Ukrainian’s resolve.
But Arsenal have hardly been shy about spending this summer, and without knowing which other clubs are in for Mudryk there is no telling how high a bidding war might reach.
As Romano suggests it appears to be one that is worth watching closely with deadline day fast approaching.
In other Everton news, Brighton are aiming to beat the Toffees to Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour.