Arsenal in pole position to sign 21-year-old Ukrainian forward

Arsenal could be willing to pay the €65m asking price for Mykhaylo Mudryk. The Spanish coach is keen to complete the signing of the 21-year-old attacker and set to splash the cash in winter. The Shakhtar Donetsk winger is in high demand, but the London giants stay the front-runners for his signature.

The Gunners have stepped up their efforts in pursuit of Ukraine international in recent days. The widespread media reports surrounding the Ukrainian attacker suggest many clubs are vying for his signature in the upcoming window. But Arsenal look like favourites for the Ukrainian.

The Spanish manager wanted a winger in the summer but needed help to achieve his desired targets. Raphinha was the dream signing for the Gunners, who saw the Brazilian winger make a sensational move to Barcelona. They either needed to find the right footballer or saw the targets being too expensive.

Mykhaylo emerged on their radar late in the summer, but the Gunners balked at Shakhtar’s asking price. While they were unwilling to pay in that range in August, the forward’s value has since shot up, with the Ukrainian side’s deputy director claiming it could be nearly €100m.

With the club’s board ready to back Mikel Arteta, the Gunners plan another spending spree in January. A forward is crucial to the manager’s plans, alongside a new midfielder and possibly a centre-forward. Mykhaylo Mudryk is a key target, with plenty of other teams keeping tabs on the Ukrainian attacker.