"Move fast" - Fabrizio Romano says Arsenal remain in the hunt for €65m winger
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Prominent journalist Fabrizio Romano has given a major update on the future of Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk, amid Arsenal interest.
The Gunners are reportedly keen on bringing the Ukraine international to the club in the upcoming transfer window.
Arsenal are looking to address the winger position, in order to provide more competition for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
And 90min report that Arsenal remain interested in signing Mudryk, and potential future Gunners team-mate, Oleksandr Zinchenko, has given a glowing recommendation.
Mudryk has starred for Shakhtar this term, impressing over two Champions League ties against Real Madrid and netting in two matches against Celtic.
In the Ukrainian Premier League, he has four goals and five assists in eight appearances.
With Shakhtar now in the Europa League, having finished third in their UCL group, it isn't entirely out of the question that the winger could be lining up against the Gunners in the last 16 round in February.
But Romano has urged Arsenal to act before then to bring Mudryk to the Emirates Stadium.
Fabrizio Romano on Arsenal/Mudryk interest
Writing as part of his CaughtOffside column, Romano revealed: "For sure, Arsenal remain interested. They are following [Mudryk] for a long time, but there's still nothing decided.
"Shakhtar Donetsk want more than €60-65m to sell him now, and it's not easy.
"The race is open. If Arsenal really want him, they have to move fast."
He then added further detail on his YouTube channel: "We know they wanted a winger [in the summer]. Raphinha was the dream, but then it was not possible to proceed.
"They had very confident talks on Mudryk's side, on the player's side, but then they decided not to proceed with Shakhtar because they wanted more than €40-45m.
"Now Shakhtar want more than €60-65m, I am told. So it's not going to be an easy one. But they are still following the player.
"They consider Mudryk a top target, so now Arsenal are still there. Let's see what happens, because now the race is open with many clubs involved."
Speaking to CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs earlier this month, Mudryk admitted that it is his 'dream' to play Premier League football.
The Gunners will be hoping that, should they place a bid in January, the 21-year-old chooses the Emirates Stadium to continue his promising career development.
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