Arsenal are willing to pay €65 million to prise away Mykhaylo Mudryk as Mikel Arteta eyes his top target in January.

According to Give Me Sport, Arsenal could be willing to pay the €65 million asking price for Mykhaylo Mudryk. Mikel Arteta is keen to complete the signing of the Ukrainian winger and ready to splash the cash in January. The Shakhtar Donetsk attacker is in high demand, but the Gunners remain the front-runners for his signature.

Arsenal have stepped up their efforts in pursuit of Mykhaylo Mudryk in recent days. The widespread media reports surrounding the Shakhtar Donetsk winger suggest many clubs are vying for his signature in the upcoming window. But the Gunners seem like favourites for the 21-year-old.

Mikel Arteta wanted a winger in the summer but needed help to achieve his desired targets. Raphinha was the dream signing for Arsenal, who saw the Brazilian make a sensational move to Barcelona. They either needed to find the right player or saw the targets being too expensive.

Mudryk emerged on their radar late in the summer, but Arsenal baulked at Shakhtar’s asking price. While they were unwilling to pay in that range in August, the winger’s value has since shot up, with the Ukrainian side’s deputy director claiming it could be around €100 million.

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Recent reports, especially one from Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano suggested it could be around the €65 million mark. He also claimed Arsenal have held positive talks with Mudryk. The Gunners are reportedly willing to pay in that range, and a January move seems imminent.

With the club’s board ready to back Arteta, Arsenal plan another spending spree in January. A winger is key to the manager’s plans, alongside a new midfielder and possibly a striker. Mudryk is a key target, with plenty of other clubs keeping tabs on the Ukrainian.

The electric winger is a player with a ‘high ceiling’, and Arsenal feel stars of this nature would cost in the said price range. Even Oleksandr Zinchenko recommended the club to sign Mudryk, and many factors point towards Arsenal’s interest in the player.

There were also stories suggesting Mudryk is eager to play for the Gunners, which, if true, could make Arsenal’s task a bit easier. For now, Arteta will focus on the weekend’s action against Wolverhampton Wanderers. After that, he will have plenty of time to plan and ponder over transfer targets during the World Cup break.

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