Mykhaylo Mudryk has slammed Shakhtar Donetsk for their €100 million valuation, as it could scupper a dream move to Arsenal.

Mykhaylo Mudryk has been a trending name on social media since the World Cup break began for domestic football. The electric winger is a hot property in Europe following scintillating performances for Shakhtar Donetsk in the last season and a half.

Arsenal are seriously interested, with Fabrizio Romano claiming he is their top priority for January. Even Mudryk’s compatriot and national team captain Oleksandr Zinchenko has recommended the winger to Mikel Arteta and the club.

From stories in the media, it is clear Mudryk’s preference is to join Arsenal and play under Arteta. If Arsenal manage to sign him in January, it will outline their seriousness in the title challenge, in which they are in pole position ahead of Manchester City.

In one of the recent stories in the media, Shakhtar’s deputy director Carlo Nicolini was the first to suggest a possible price tag of €100 million while confirming Arsenal and Manchester City’s interest. Later, director Darijo Srna spoke on similar lines, making Skakhtar’s valuations abundantly clear to interested suitors.

Now Arsenal may not think it is wise to spend a fortune on an unproven yet talented 21-year-old winger. While Mudryk has a tremendous ceiling talent-wise, they will not fork out €100 million on the player, especially in January.

However, Mudryk was also recently interviewed by Zinchenko’s wife and media personality Vlada Zinchenko, where he hinted at his preference for joining Arsenal. However, his comments on 90 min via Sport Arena slammed Shakhtar’s demands, claiming he was ‘shocked’.

Mudryk said, “When I found out about my price, I wasn’t just surprised – I was shocked. I have a long-term contract with Shakhtar; I give all my strength and energy so that Shakhtar achieves maximum results…but every football player has a dream to play in a top club and in a top championship. I am no exception.”

“But I am 100% sure that they are unlikely to buy a player from the championship of Ukraine for €100m. I will not hide that I was very upset. The amount of €100m puts a barrier for my transition to the top championship, which I so dreamed of. I can’t say that my dream was killed but wounded – that’s for sure.”

Mudryk remains Arsenal’s top priority and marquee target for January that would help them push for the Premier League titles. They are willing to fork out significant sums to sign him but are far from the €100 million mark Skakhtar demands.

From how things stand, Arsenal will push hard to bring the Ukrainian international to the Emirates in January. Mudryk’s comments also highlight his preference; under the right circumstances, a move could materialise. Talk of the transfer is already gaining momentum in the media, and fans are excited by the winger’s possible arrival.

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