Arsenal’s attempts to sign Mykhailo Mudryk have been thwarted by Chelsea after the Blues put together a €100 million package that met the demands of Shakhtar Donetsk.
The 21-year-old winger is signing an eight-and-a-half-year contract (yep, mental!) at Stamford Bridge after completing his medical on Sunday morning.
The news will come as a big blow to Mikel Arteta and Edu who had agreed personal terms with the player but refused to be drawn into a bidding war once Chelsea formalised their interest.
The Gunners had previously made three offers for their ‘priority target’ and looked to be in pole position to get their man as recently as yesterday morning. Throughout the last month, Mudryk has dropped regular hints on social media about his desire to play at the Emirates.
Having repeatedly said that he wants to strengthen his options in attack, the question for Arteta is what happens next? Presumably, we have alternative targets in mind and will step up contact with the necessary clubs and agents in the coming days.
The transfer window closes at 11pm on 31 January. In addition to today’s north London derby, Arsenal face Manchester United and Manchester City in the league and cup respectively.
Clearly, we need to move quickly and decisively.