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Arsenal ‘shocked’ target Mudryk claims Shakhtar has ‘hurt’ his transfer ‘dream’

Arsenal transfer target Mykhaylo Mudryk says Shakhtar Donetsk has “hurt” his “dream” of playing in one of Europe’s top leagues.

The Ukraine international has turned heads in the Champions League this season with three goals and two assists in six games, adding to his five goals in ten Ukrainian Premier League games.

There have been strong rumors that Arsenal will be looking to strengthen themselves in midfield and wide attacking areas with Mudryk heavily linked to the Gunners.

A report on Tuesday claimed that Manchester United have now joined Arsenal in the running. The 21-year-old with Erik ten Hag has reportedly been following him around since he was Ajax boss.

Before the next transfer window in January, the athletic revealed yesterday that Shakhtar’s director of football, Dario Srna, had told them that the club valued Mudryk at “more than 100 million euros”.

Srna said: “If someone wants to buy Mudryk, they have to pay a lot, a lot, a lot of money. Otherwise, the president of the club (Rinat Akhmetov) will not sell it. All clubs must respect the president, respect Shakhtar and in the end they must respect Mykhaylo Mudryk, who is one of the best players I have ever seen. The price is so great.

Shakhtar’s director of football added: “The market decides the price, not me. Anthony, [Jack] Great, they are players with more than 100 million euros and for me, Mudryk has no less quality than them.

“These are the last two transfers from last year, in more or less the same positions. Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. We just want respect. The market decides the price, not me, it shows what kind of players cost this amount of money.”

With Arsenal and other top clubs in Europe taking notice of his performances, Mudryk admits the huge price tag is a blow to his ambitions.

“When I found out my price, I was not just shocked, I was shocked,” Mudryk said. Sports stadium.

“I have a long-term contract with Shakhtar [set to expire in December 2026]I give all my strength and energy so that Shakhtar achieves the maximum results… but every footballer has the dream of playing in a top club and in a top championship, I am no exception.

“But I am 100 percent sure that they are unlikely to buy a player from the championship of Ukraine for 100 million… I will not hide that I was very upset. The amount of 100 million puts a barrier to my transition to the top championship, which I dreamed of so much. I can’t say my dream was killed, but hurt, that’s for sure.”

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