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Brighton could ruin Arsenal’s hopes of signing Mykhaylo Mudryk

Arsenal have their sights set on signing Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, with multiple reports claiming he is their number one target.

Mudryk is said to be open to joining Arsenal after a recommendation from his Ukrainian teammate Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The speedy winger, who was officially revealed as the fastest player in the Champions League this season, is one of the most in-demand players in Europe. And it’s easy to see why, given his performances for both Shakhtar and Ukraine.

Praised as ‘Unstoppable‘ from Shakhtar, Mudryk would certainly make Arsenal even better. But while the Ukrainian side are said to want around £50m for Mudryk, they could still raise that figure thanks, in part, to former boss Roberto de Zerbi.

De Zerbi would ruin Arsenal’s chances of signing Mudryk

While Brighton’s new boss won’t be back for Mudryk, 90Min has claimed that De Zerbi would like to get his hands on some of his former players.

It is suggested that the new Brighton manager return and try to sign the likes of Mykola Matviyenko, Lassina Traore and Tete. That, of course, would see the Seagulls bring a lot of cash to Shakhtar and, in turn, take some of the pressure off them of having to sell Mudryk.

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For Arsenal, that could mean a couple of things. Shakhtar might as well tell the Gunners that Mudryk will cost even more now, since they don’t really need to sell that quickly. Worst case scenario is Arsenal being told he is no longer available.

Of course, given the developments in Ukraine at the moment, Shakhtar are unlikely to keep Mudryk at the club against his will.

But De Zerbi’s intentions here could be an obstacle. Edu, then, will have to get to work quickly and handle a series of turntables if he wants to land one of the best young players in Europe.

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