Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk has accused his club of ‘wounding’ his dream transfer to a top European league.
Arsenal are among the suitors for the Ukraine international, while there are a number of other sides rumoured to be interested in the 21-year-old forward.
90min has long reported of Brentford’s intense interest in Mudryk, while Everton failed with a €30m bid for Mudryk during the summer. Shakhtar have stressed on a number of occasions that they are prepared to demand closer to the €100m mark to part ways with their prized asset.
Sporting director Dario Srna said Mudryk is worth more than that figure, while assistant Carlo Nicolini warned suitors they will have to produce something similar to Antony’s €100m move to Manchester United during the summer.
The problem for Mudryk, however, is that he does not believe any of his suitors would be prepared to pay that sort of money. Indeed, Ukraine’s record sale was Fred’s move from Shakhtar to United in 2018, worth around £52m.
“When I found out about my price, I wasn’t just surprised – I was shocked,” Mudryk told Sport Arena.
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“I have a long-term contract with Shakhtar, I give all my strength and energy so that Shakhtar achieves maximum results…but every football player has a dream to play in a top club and in a top championship. I am no exception.
“But I am 100% sure that they are unlikely to buy a player from the championship of Ukraine for €100m. I will not hide that I was very upset. The amount of €100m puts a barrier for my transition to the top championship, which I so dreamed of. I can’t say that my dream was killed, but wounded – that’s for sure.”
Mudryk recently revealed how he would decide his next club if any suitors did come forward with that sort of money, stressing that he would need to feel like a guaranateed starter if he was to leave Ukraine.
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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