Arsenal’s hunt for defensive reinforcements has reached Ukraine with the agent of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykola Matviyenko claiming we’ve made contact about a possible January deal.
Matviyenko, 23, is a left-sided centre-back with 61 appearances under his belt for the Ukrainian champions and 26 caps for his country.
Speaking to Komanda 1, representative Yuri Danchenko said: “My colleagues and I have been constantly in contact with representatives of Arsenal and have held meetings. The Gunners have contacted Shakhtar and we’re hopeful negotiations will succeed.”
Football.London claims the player has been on Manchester City’s radar having featured four times against the Premier League champions during Shakhtar’s two most recent Champions League campaigns.
Since losing Calum Chambers to a season-ending injury, Arsenal have been linked with a number of defenders this month, including RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng and PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa.
We’re a little sceptical about the link, we have to say. As much as we’d love to sign Oleg Luzhny Jr, this could well be a case of an agent using Arsenal to generate a bit of buzz around a player who is either looking for a move or trying to negotiate a new contract.
Transfermarkt says his current deal with Shakhtar ends in the summer of 2021.