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"I'm sure..." - Romano confirms Arsenal interest in two top targets, they could join in January

Ryan Smart

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"I'm sure..." - Romano confirms Arsenal interest in two top targets, they could join in January

Arsenal transfer targets Mykhaylo Mudryk and Youri Tielemans are 'attracted' by a move to the club, according to prominent journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The Gunners have been extensively linked with both players over recent months, with Gunners fans hopeful that their club can bring in added depth to the squad in January.

Arsenal are said to be targeting a winger to provide competition for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, whilst a midfield player would compete with Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka.

Romano confirmed earlier this month that the Gunners held talks with Mudryk, the 21-year-old winger who is starring for Shakhtar Donetsk, over the summer. However, Arsenal withdrew from the deal due to Shakhtar's high asking price.

That asking price was believed to have increased even further as a result of comments made by Shakhtar sporting director Darijo Srna. He told The Athletic that Mudryk was worth "huge, huge money", and compared the winger to Man Utd pair Antony and Jadon Sancho, who commanded fees close to £100 million.

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However, the Daily Mirror claim that the price has dropped to £40 million plus add ons, which has allowed Arsenal to 'complete the framework of a deal'.

Tielemans, meanwhile, is currently set to depart Leicester when his contract expires next summer.

If he does not sign a new contract, he could join Arsenal on a free transfer - meaning the Foxes may be tempted to do a cut-price deal in January.

Juventus and Barcelona are amongst the other clubs linked with signing the midfielder, who is currently at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with Belgium.

Now, Romano has given a big update on both players.

Mudryk, Tielemans 'attracted' by Arsenal

Speaking to CaughtOffside, Romano gave Gunners fans some positive news on the likelihood of either player joining the Gunners in January.

He said: "I'm sure both players are attracted by Arsenal, as they were in the summer and even more now.

"For Mudryk, there are four or five clubs keen on signing him, including Arsenal.

"For Tielemans, it depends on conditions of free deal. Arsenal always had his name in the list, but talks are not concrete yet."

Should Mudryk sign for Arsenal, he would become the second recorded Ukrainian to play for the club.

The first was defender Oleg Luhznyi, who was on the books at the Gunners between 1999 and 2003.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Arsenal, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Youri Tielemans, Leicester City, Premier League, Transfers, Fabrizio Romano

Ryan Smart
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