Mykhailo Mudryk ‘would choose Arsenal over rivals Chelsea’… but the Blues remain ‘hopeful’ of signing the Shakhtar Donetsk star after ‘positive’ talks with the Ukrainian club
- Arsenal and Chelsea are keen on signing Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhailo Mudryk
- Mudryk would reportedly prefer to join Arsenal if he has to make a decision
- Chelsea still feel they could sign him after ‘positive’ discussions with Shakhtar
- Shakhtar are holding out for £85m before letting Mudryk leave the club
Mykhailo Mudryk would reportedly choose Arsenal over Chelsea if it came down to a straight decision between the two London rivals.
Arsenal have been pursuing Mudryk since the start of the transfer window, but had their initial £52m bid rejected, and have not been able to reach an agreement with Shakhtar despite upping their offer to £62m, with Shakhtar holding out for around £85m.
Chelsea are now looking to hijack the move, and are trying to lure Mudryk to Stamford Bridge instead.
Arsenal and Chelsea both want to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhailo Mudryk
Mudryk would reportedly prefer to join Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal over Chelsea
The Blues are ‘hopeful’ that he will join them after holding ‘positive’ talks with Shakhtar, but Mudryk would prefer to move to Arsenal, according to The Guardian.
Mudryk has hinted at his preference to join Arsenal in recent days, as he posted on Instagram showing himself watching the Gunners when they beat West Ham on Boxing Day.
He also tuned in for their next game against Brighton, and labelled Mikel Arteta and Roberto De Zerbi, his former boss at Shakhtar, ‘2 top coach’.
Chelsea are still hopeful of signing Mudryk after positive discussions with Shakhtar
The 22-year-old went on to like a meme on social media showing him behind bars alongside the caption #FreeMudryk, as he hinted that he is running out of patience with getting his move away from Shakhtar.
Arsenal are aiming to bring in a forward this month after losing Gabriel Jesus to injury.
They are yet to add to their squad, though, as they wait to see how things pan out with Mudryk.
Chelsea have been busy in the opening week of the transfer window, signing Benoit Badiashile from Monaco, plus Ivorian striker David Datro Fofana and Brazilian teenager Andrey Santos.
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