Arsenal ‘step up’ Felix transfer chase after refusing Mudryk battle

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Arsenal are reportedly set to ‘step up their interest in Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix after Chelsea entered the race for Mykhaylo Mudryk. Mikel Arteta does not want to get into a bidding war for the player despite his clear ambition to join the club as the club take a firm stance on his transfer. 

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Mudryk since the summer and the club stepped up their pursuit in the January transfer window. The Gunners have already seen two bids rejected for the 22-year-old with the most recent around the £62million mark. 

However, Shakhtar have publically stated they will only accept £88m for their star player something Arsenal are not willing to pay. As a result, the door has been opened for Chelsea with the Blues said to have entered the race for his services with the Ukrainian champions director of football, Dario Srna, present at Stamford Bridge last night. 

The Telegraph reports that Arsenal are still confident of securing his signing but they have stepped up their interest in Felix in the meantime. Ideally, both players would arrive at the Emirates but they will not be drawn into a bidding war for Mudryk with the fear that Chelsea will be able to comfortably outbid them. 

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