Mykhaylo Mudry is ‘insisting’ on a quick resolution to transfer talks between Shakhtar Donetsk and Arsenal as the Ukrainian side shamelessly tease the Gunners.
Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Mudryk, who has made his desire to join the Gunners clear in recent weeks.
He’s ‘insisting’ on a quick resolution as talks continue between the two sides, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The transfer expert tweeted: ‘New direct contacts will take place in the next hours for Mudryk deal. Arsenal will discuss with Shakhtar about add-ons structure after £62m (€70m) bid plus £22.1m (€25m) #AFC.
‘Arsenal want to get it done as soon as possible, player insisting too – personal terms already agreed.’
The fee of between £75m and £80m would make him the club’s most expensive transfer of all time, surpassing the £72m they paid for Nicolas Pepe in 2019.
Elsewhere on Twitter, Shakhtar have been shamelessly teasing Arsenal fans over the sale of Mudryk.
On their English account they knowingly tweeted: ‘We prepared some news for you today,’ followed by the eyes emoji.
Then came another tweet soon after with an egg timer and the message ‘Seems like it’s time to reveal the first piece…’
But the tweets were predictably nothing to do with Mudryk, as Shakhtar instead revealed their friendly schedule over the next few weeks.
Rather more deplorably, the next tweet read: ‘There is more interesting stuff coming up. We are ready to share another piece of news as soon as our page reaches 51 thousand subscribers.’
Mikel Arteta’s side host rivals Manchester United a week on Sunday and there is confidence Mudryk will be ‘in contention’ to play.
Mudryk has 18 goal contributions already this term and would be a very welcome signing with Gabriel Jesus currently injured.
Although Mudryk is not a striker, his availability will give Arteta the option to play him wide left and Gabriel Martinelli through the middle.
Eddie Nketiah has filled in very well for the injured Jesus – who is expected to be out until mid-February at the earliest.
Arsenal are currently five points clear at the top of the league and take on arch-rivals Tottenham on Sunday, which could spell the end for Antonio Conte.
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