Mudryk drops another big Arsenal hint with significant Instagram interaction
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Arsenal top target Mykhailo Mudryk has been causing quite the stir on his Instagram account recently - and he may have sent another sign that a move to the Gunners is inching closer.
Arsenal had two bids rejected by Shakhtar Donetsk, with the second believed to be worth £62 million, for the 22-year-old, before submitting a new bid for the winger earlier this week.
According to Fabrizio Romano, their newest offer is worth around £62 million plus add-ons, and the Ukrainian posted an Instagram story captioned with a prayer emoji shortly after the news was announced.
On Friday evening, The Times' Gary Jacob reported that Shakhtar have privately conceded that the Mudryk deal will go ahead, with the Ukrainian club set to receive £80 million.
The club were dealt a major blow earlier in the day, when they lost a legal case against FIFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). They argued against a FIFA ruling made last March to allow foreign players to leave Ukraine, and have their contracts suspended, as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, claiming that, because of the ruling, Shakhtar had lost tens of millions of pounds in the transfer market.
Now, with Mudryk's arrival seemingly edging closer, fans have spotted another big hint that a deal is imminent.
Mudryk interacts with Gunners star on Instagram
The Brazilian player either initiated the interaction, or followed Mudryk back, as the 22-year-old also features at the top of his 'following' list - which, although it could mean very little at this stage, has certainly caught the attention of Arsenal fans.
The pair are expected to continue their partnership on Sunday, when they take on Tottenham in the north London derby. Arsenal then face Manchester United on January 22 - and CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs claims that, as per those close to the player, Mudryk is desperate to be a Gunners player in time for that game, which would be his Arsenal debut if he signs.