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Arsenal: Edu must launch fresh Mykhaylo Mudryk bid

Arsenal are reported to be tracking Mykhaylo Mudryk ahead of a potential move in the January transfer window.

That’s according to a recent report by The Sun, who claim that Mikel Areta’s side are one of a number of Premier League clubs – including Brentford, Everton and Newcastle United – keeping tabs on the 21-year-old ahead of launching a potential swoop for the winger in the upcoming winter market.

However, the report goes on to state that it is OGC Nice currently leading the race for the Shakhtar Donetsk starlet – with the French side reportedly willing to offer £25m plus add-ons for the attacker – despite the fact that the Gunners had reportedly agreed terms of a £21m move for the Ukraine international towards the end of the summer transfer window.

Following this development, Mudryk made no secret of his desire to secure a switch to north London, with the forward stating back in September (via The Sun): “My dream is to play in the Premier League, of course. Arsenal are a very good team, very good manager – so from my side, I can’t say no to Arsenal!”

And, considering just how impressive the winger has been for Shakhtar so far this season, it would appear extremely advisable for Edu to once again launch a bid for the winger when January rolls around – despite the fact the 21-year-old now boasts a reported asking price of around €50m (£43.5m).

Indeed, after scoring two goals and providing seven assists over just 11 Premier Liga appearances last season – averaging a direct goal involvement every 70 minutes of football played – the £13.5m-rated talent has once again been in exceptional form over his four league outings in the current campaign, having already registered four assists in the Ukrainian top flight.

However, it has undoubtedly been Mudryk’s incredible performances in the Champions League that have caught the eye the most so far in 2022/23, with the 21-year-old having already bagged two goals, provided two assists and created one big chance over his two appearances in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.

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The youngster has also taken an average of one shot – boasting a shot-to-goal ratio of 100% – made an average of two key passes and completed an average of two dribbles per game, with these returns seeing the winger average a simply sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.50 – currently ranking him as the joint 43rd-best player in the tournament.

So impressive has Mudryk’s form been this season that the Shakhtar director, Darijo Srna, went as far as to state his belief that the eight-cap international is now the third-best winger in European football.

In an interview with CBS Sports back in September, Srna stated: “Mudryk is a serious talent. After Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Jr, he’s the best player in Europe in his position. If someone wants to buy Mudryk they must spend a lot, a lot, a lot of money and respect our club and our president.”

Indeed, it is clear for all to see just how exciting a prospect Mudryk undoubtedly is, leading us to believe that Edu simply must do everything he can to convince the 21-year-old of a switch to The Emirates this winter – as the Ukrainian sensation very much looks to possess the potential to go on and become a real world-beater under the guidance of Mikel Arteta.