David Ornstein, a reliable source for the Athletic, claims that Arsenal are still in a strong position to sign Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhailo Mudryk in January.
He stated to NBC Sports: “Arsenal’s interest remains strong. I think they’re staying calm. They’ll continue the conversations and there is optimism within The Emirates that with patience, they will get this done, given that the player has said he’d like to join them.
“His priority though is the Premier League, and perhaps that’s where Chelsea get a taste for this. As I understand it, Chelsea are monitoring the situation. They’re interested in all top young players, if the price is right and that’s the problem here with Shakhtar. They are not budging on that €100m valuation.
“I think this one might play out over the window. In fact some of them from Shakhtar are coming here tonight to watch the match. But I do think Arsenal are in a superior position. And I don’t think they’ll be too concerned at this point about a potential hijack from Chelsea.”
Chelsea has been able to enter into negotiations with Arsenal after the Ukrainian team has rejected their attempts to sign Mudryk.
The fact that the winger has indicated his desire to join Arsenal is one advantage they have, which may tip the balance in their favor in a transfer battle with their London rivals.