Arsenal report: Gunners readying big-money bid for winger dubbed 'Ukrainian Neymar'

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta looks on from the bench prior to the UEFA Europa League match between Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven on 20 October, 2022 at the Emirates Stadium, London, United Kingdom
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Arsenal are reportedly working on a bid potentially worth more than £50m for Shakhtar Donetsk sensation Mykhailo Mudryk.

The Gunners have been strongly linked with the 21-year-old winger – who's drawn comparisons with Neymar – since the summer; Shakhtar sporting director Carolo Nicolini recently confirmed (opens in new tab) that the North London club had "taken an interest" in Mudryk, along with Manchester City.

And according to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira (opens in new tab), Arsenal are now lining up an offer of roughly €50-60m (£43-52m) for the Ukraine international.

Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhailo Mudryk at full-time of the UEFA Champions League match between Celtic and Shakhtar Donetsk on 25 Octobrer, 2022 at Celtic Park, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Mudryk impressed for Shakhtar in the Champions League this season (Image credit: SNS Group via Getty Images)

Schira reported (opens in new tab) back in August that the Gunners had agreed a four-year deal with Mudryk, only for Shakhtar to reject their approach.

But the Premier League leaders don't appear to have been deterred from pursuing the tricky attacker – despite talk this week that they may set their sights elsewhere (opens in new tab).

Mudryk started every game of Shakhtar's Champions League campaign, scoring three goals and setting up another two as the Ukrainian champions finished third in their group.

He could yet turn on the style against some of Europe's top teams later this season, though, with Shakhtar dropping into the Europa League play-off round.

Ukraine winger Mykhailo Mudryk during the UEFA Nations League match between Scotland and Ukraine on 21 September, 2022 at Hampden Park, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Mudryk made his senior international debut earlier this year (Image credit: SNS Group via Getty Images)

Equally, Mudryk – who's won eight caps for Ukraine – could find himself playing in the Europa League for Arsenal if they make a January swoop (there has been no 'cup-tied' rule in UEFA competition since 2018/19).

A switch to the Emirates Stadium would see Mudryk join Arsenal for the second time ...: he had a short loan stint with the Gunners' Kyiv-based namesakes in 2019.

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Could Mudryk to Arsenal already be a done deal? His Shakhtar teammate Anatoliy Trubin has joked that that's the case (opens in new tab).

Meanwhile, the Gunners have been linked with two South American wonderkids in Brazilian midfielder Danilo (opens in new tab) and Uruguay international Facundo Torres (opens in new tab).

Away from transfer news, Mikel Arteta's side returned to the top of the Premier League table as Gabriel's goal clinched a 1-0 London derby win at Chelsea on Sunday (opens in new tab).

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