Arsenal are confident of signing Mykhaylo Mudryk in time for him to make his debut against rivals Manchester United next weekend. That’s according to a new report which says the Gunners hope to wrap up the Ukrainian’s arrival in the coming days.
The Gunners host United at the Emirates a week on Sunday and remain in discussions over an £80million deal to bring Mudryk to England. Shakhtar Donetsk and Arsenal are still yet to agree on the finer points of the deal but it is anticipated a final agreement is imminent.
The Times say Arsenal will pay around £50million upfront to Shakhtar Donetsk with the rest of the deal made up in add-ons. Those additional clauses are likely to include pay-outs for Arsenal winning the Premier League and qualifying for the Champions League.
Mudryk has already agreed a five-year contract with the north Londoners having made it clear, repeatedly, on social media that he wants the move. The Ukraine international has previously posted himself watching Arsenal matches and is a big fan of Mikel Arteta and his team.
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But he said on Thursday: “We can’t talk about players, there is interest in things we would like to do. We are a bit short, we are trying.” Before that, he’d said: “We can afford to get a striker for sure if we want one, I don’t know if he plays in League Two, in League Five, in Spain, in Portugal, in Africa.
“We can get a striker I can guarantee you that. But what we can not afford to do is get a player here that is not for us. This is what we can not afford, that is for sure. We don’t need a body, we need players that make the team better. I think personalities that have the mentality that we want to win.”
Arsenal face Tottenham this Sunday but even if Mudryk were to join today (Saturday) he would not be eligible to make his debut against Spurs. The deadline to register him in time with the Premier League passed at Friday midday.