"We are open..." - Shakhtar CEO's latest Mudryk update is positive news for Arsenal supporters
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Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Serhii Palkin has issued an update on the future of star winger Mykhaylo Mudryk which may excite Arsenal fans.
The 21-year-old is the Gunners' priority target in the January transfer window, with Mikel Arteta keen to add another winger to his squad as competition for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
That need was strengthened with news of Gabriel Jesus's knee injury, which he suffered on World Cup duty with Brazil. The forward has undergone surgery, and will miss several months of action.
The Athletic revealed that Arsenal submitted an initial bid of €40 million, plus €25 million in add-ons, for Mudryk, but that this was turned down by Shakhtar.
David Ornstein then added that the selling club wanted €100 million for one of their star players, but believed that figure could be negotiated to a lower number.
Now, Shakhtar's CEO has given an update on negotiations, and offered a new glimmer of hope for Arsenal.
Shakhtar CEO on Arsenal Mudryk pursuit
He said (via Fabrizio Romano): "Talks for Mudryk are on. We receive offers, but not the ones we would like to see on our table.
"I'll speak again to Arsenal so yes, we are open to discuss fee and ideas. If we will agree, then let it be so. If we will not, then let it be another time.
"Now, literally in five minutes, I will have a new phone call conversation with Arsenal for Mykhaylo Mudryk deal."
Shakhtar's transfer record currently stands at the £47 million Manchester United paid to sign Brazilian midfielder Fred, with any Mudryk deal smashing that particular figure.
Club director and former defender Darijo Srna has spoke of the need for Shakhtar to be shown 'respect' in the transfer market, meaning Gunners fans may have to stay patient as their club negotiates what both sides deem to be a respectable fee.
The transfer window officially opens on January 1, with clubs having until 11pm on January 31 to complete business.
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Topics: Arsenal, Premier League, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Transfers