Arsenal joined in Mykhalo Mudryk transfer race by five clubs including two Premier League rivals | The Sun

ARSENAL reportedly face competition from FIVE clubs in the race to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk in January.

The 21-year-old is a man in demand following his stunning start to the season where he has caught the eye in the opening two Champions League matches.

He chipped in with a goal and two assists in the 4-1 victory over RB Leipzig, before he got on the score sheet in last week's 1-1 draw with Celtic.

Arsenal know all too well about his qualities having tracked the forward – dubbed the 'Ukrainian Neymar' – in the summer.

It was even said how the Gunners had agreed personal terms with the player, but a move failed to materialise.

Mikel Arteta remains a huge admirer of Mudryk, with it understood the North London outfit will go back in for him in the New Year to provide competition for Gabriel Martinelli.


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Mudryk has even talked up a switch to the Emirates after insisting he "can't say no to Arsenal", but stressed the club have to reach an agreement with Shakhtar.

But in a blow for the Premier League table-toppers, they are not alone in trying to secure his services, with two fellow English teams keen to snap him up.

According to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Liverpool and Spanish side Sevilla are set to test the water for Mudryk in the winter transfer window.

Meanwhile CBS Sports' transfer guru Ben Jacobs has declared that as well as Arsenal and Sevilla, Newcastle, Ajax and Bayer Leverkusen are weighing up moves.

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Brentford failed with a move to sign Mudryk last season, with the player personally thanking the Bees for the offer.

And Everton had a £26million bid turned down by Shakhtar during the summer.

As it stands, there is no suggestion that the two clubs will reignite their interest in the five-cap international in January.

Speaking of Mudryk to CBS Sports, Shakhtar's director of football Darijo Srna said: "Mudryk is a serious talent.

"After Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Jr, he's the best player in Europe in his position.

"If someone wants to buy Mudryk they must spend a lot, a lot, a lot of money and respect our club and our president."

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