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Arsenal could face stiff competition from as many as eight Premier League clubs in the race to land Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk in the not-too-distant future, according to reports. The Ukraine international has emerged as one of the finest young talents in Europe over the last few years and is believed to be admired by the Gunners, who have been tipped to bring him to north London before the start of next season.
Arsenal scouts were in attendance to watch Mudryk in action for his country against Scotland on Wednesday evening as Ukraine fell to a one-sided defeat at Hampden Park. However, the north Londoners were not the only club to have been represented at the fixture, with eight other Premier League sides also sending scouts to run the rule over Mudryk’s performance, according to 90min.
It is said that Chelsea, Brentford, Brighton, Everton, Leeds United, Newcastle United, West Ham and Wolves all sent representatives to follow Scotland’s match against Ukraine, with Mudryk the main target of their interest. The 21-year-old was selected to start and played out wide for 84 minutes but was unable to make the difference for his side, who ultimately shipped three goals without reply.
Mudryk has taken Europe by storm over the last 12 months, with his stunning start to the new campaign fuelling rumours that he could be set for a Premier League switch in January or at the end of the season. He was said to have been a target for Brentford over the summer but ended up staying with Shakhtar, where he remains contracted until 2026 as things stand.
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It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will be able to beat the competition to secure Mudryk’s signature over the coming months, with the Gunners having snapped up a number of talented young players in the last two years including the likes of Marquinhos, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Fabio Vieira. Mudryk has already suggested that he would be open to joining Arsenal in January if the opportunity presents itself, with the Krasnograd native insisting earlier this month that he would not be able to turn them down if they come calling.
“In the winter we will see,” Mudryk told CBS Sports when asked about a potential transfer. “There’s been a lot of discussions about a transfer and speculation about what clubs want me.
“I think every player dreams of the Premier League. It’s hard to say but Arsenal is a very good team, very good coach. I like the way they play. From my side I can’t say no but a transfer is not just up to my decision.”
Mudryk has already registered three assists and scored two goals in just five appearances for Shakhtar so far this season and looks set to star for the Ukrainian outfit until he eventually moves onto bigger and better things. He would likely serve as a back-up option on the left flank for Arsenal if he ends up joining the club in January, but his arrival would only increase the ever-growing pool of young talent available to Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium.
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