Arsenal submitted a fresh, improved bid for Mykhaylo Mudryk, although the details of the new proposal are still unclear.
According to Charles Watts of Goal, Arsenal have made a new bid for Mykhaylo Mudryk. The Gunners hope the latest proposal with improved terms convinces Shakhtar Donetsk and that the two sides can find an agreement for the 21-year-old winger.
Arsenal wants to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk at all costs this January and continue to make their efforts known in pursuit of the winger. The Ukrainian star has been on their radar since the end of the summer window, but back then, the Gunners baulked at Shakhtar Donetsk’s asking price.
Ever since the season began, Mudryk continued with the scintillating form that attracted Arsenal’s interest in the first place. The 10-goal attacker also has 8 assists to his name, as Mikel Arteta considers him the perfect player to come in and add quality to the squad.
On the eve of the Boxing Day clash with West Ham United, news of Arsenal’s first bid for Mudryk emerged. Shakhtar deemed the offer short of their valuation and swiftly rejected the proposal out of hand. The Gunners have since continued to hold discussions with the Ukrainian side.
Shakhtar are considering Arsenal's second offer for Mudryk.
It's still way off their very public valuation, but Arsenal have improved their offer for the winger.https://t.co/1lygAFiSF7
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) January 2, 2023
Meanwhile, Mudryk has made his intention to join Arsenal clear. He has taken to Instagram twice to show he was watching Arsenal play, and in the latest post, he praised Arteta. The 10-goal attacker wants a move and continues pressuring Shakhtar in his way. The Gunners have also reportedly agreed on personal terms with the attacker over a five-year deal.
Arsenal reportedly made a second, improved offer to prise the attacker away. The first bid was around £55 million, including add-ons, and the new proposal could be much higher. The actual numbers are yet to be confirmed, but there is a high chance the Gunners have increased the base fee and add-ons.
The Gunners hope Shakhtar are convinced by their latest proposal, although the Ukrainian side wanted close to £90 million for their prized asset. Arsenal are somewhat optimistic about the move but remains wary of rival interest, with Chelsea considering making a bid.
As things stand, Mudryk wants to join the Gunners, and the north Londoners remain desperate to land the 21-year-old. It’s a two-way street, and soon there could be movements in the right direction. Arteta hopes to wrap up the signing sooner rather than later to focus on bringing a new midfielder or another forward before the month’s end.
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