Chelsea are reportedly set to hold talks with Shakhtar Donetsk this week over Mykhaylo Mudryk as they seek to hijack Arsenal’s move for the winger.
The 21-year-old is attracting a lot of interest this month as talk of a move to the Premier League gathers pace.
The Gunners are believed to be leading the chase and talkSPORT understands Mikel Arteta’s side believe they are closing in on signing.
The 21-year-old is valued at £88m by the Ukrainian side, with Arsenal’s first offer being around £55m.
After being rebuffed in their opening bid, the Gunners came back with an improved offer of around £62m.
While the North London side are hoping to secure a deal, Chelsea are also considering bringing him to West London.
The Sun have reported that if the Blues meet Shakhtar’s asking price and offer better terms on a contract, they could manage to beat their rivals to signing.
With Shakhtar sporting director Darijo Srna due to travel to London this week, it’s likely a decision on his future won’t take too long to make.
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But it looks like Arsenal are still in pole position to secure his services, with the youngster making no secret of his desire to join Arteta’s side.
Mudryk took to social media twice during Arsenal’s recent Premier League wins over West Ham and Brighton.
Sharing snaps of him watching the leaders in action, he even called Arteta ‘the best manager’ as Arsenal beat the Seagulls 4-2 on New Year’s Eve.
As well as Mudryk, Chelsea are also keen to sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.
However, it remains to be seen if they will have the necessary funds to sign both players.
A winger by trade, Mudryk has ten goals and eight assists in 18 appearances in all competitions this season.
With attacking options at the premium at Stamford Bridge, it’s clear to see why a move for Mudryk might appeal.
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