Chelsea to hold talks with Shakhtar Donetsk directors in London over Mykhailo Mudryk transfer in the next 24 hours as they look to hijack Arsenal’s move for the winger, with Gunners’ £62m bid set to be rejected
- Arsenal are set to have a £62million bid for winger Mykhailo Mudryk rejected
- Shakhtar Donetsk are set to reject a second improved bid for the Ukrainian star
- The Ukrainian club are looking to use Chelsea’s interest to their advantage
- Chelsea are also now understood to be rivalling Arsenal in a move for Mudryk
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Shakhtar Donetsk are expected to reject Arsenal’s improved bid for Mykhailo Mudryk as they utilise Chelsea’s interest to their advantage.
Talks are taking place with Chelsea over the next 24 hours with Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin and Darijo Srna, Shakhtar’s director of football, in London.
Arsenal made an improved offer of £45m rising to £62m for Mudryk who has maintained he wishes to join Arsenal.
Shakhtar Donetsk are expected to reject Arsenal’s improved offer for Mykhailo Mudryk and use Chelsea’s interest to their advantage
However, Shakhtar have said they want closer to £85m and Chelsea’s presence in talks could push offers closer to their valuation.
Mudryk is Mikel Arteta’s primary target this month and Arsenal have made two bids for the Ukraine winger, who turned 22 on January 5.
The first, believed to be worth around £52million, was turned down by Shakhtar, who publicly value Mudryk at around £88m.
The Ukrainian forward is Mikel Arteta’s primary transfer target in the January transfer window
Arsenal returned with an improved offer, understood to be worth up to £62m, and there was optimism that a deal would be agreed in this transfer window.
But they could now face competition from Chelsea, who are understood to be exploring a possible move for Mudryk.
Sources in Ukraine have told Sportsmail that, with CEO Palkin now talking to both clubs, Shakhtar are likely to turn down Arsenal’s improved offer as it remains ‘far away’ from their £88m target.
Shakhtar are believed to value Mudryk at around €100m (£88m) with Chelsea also interested
Shakhtar see Jack Grealish’s £100m move to Manchester CIty and Antony’s £85m transfer to Manchester United as a barometer for any fee for Mudryk, who has shone so far this season
Srna, Shakhtar’s director of football, is said to be in England for talks over the coming days. The Croatian visits London fairly regularly, Sportsmail understands, because his family live in the city.
Chelsea are not believed to have tabled their own bid for Mudryk, as things stand, but their interest could force his price up. That is despite the winger making clear his desire to join Arsenal.
Shakhtar see Jack Grealish’s move to Manchester CIty and Antony’s transfer to Manchester United as a barometer for any fee for Mudryk, who was described as a potential Ballon d’Or winner by his former manager Roberto De Zerbi.
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