Shakhtar Donetsk are reportedly set to request £25million for the service of Arsenal target Mykhaylo Mudryk as the Gunners eye a late transfer.
The Ukrainian winger has been connected with a move to the Emirates Stadium over the last days of the transfer window.
It was accounted for that the Gunners were keen on taking action for the 21-year-old – who could turn into a replacement for Ivorian wideman Nicolas Pepe after he was permitted to depart on-loan for Nice.
It is not yet clear whether the North Londoners will actually want to get it done for Mudryk with a little more than 48 hours to go in the window. The Gunners have previously spent vigorously this window with an all out cost of £120m.
They have been told that it would cost a fair chunk to secure his signature. As per CBS, his Shakhtar are ‘ideally wanting’ £25m for the winger, whilst negotiations between the two clubs started at ‘almost £10m apart in valuation’.
It is down to the Gunners to up their offer for Mudryk if they hope to seal a deal before the summer window closes.
If they do that, the Ukrainian winger will finally get his Premier League move having previously been strongly linked with a switch to Brentford – a move that broke down.
‘Something’s just clicked inside him now’ – Man Utd supporters react to Diogo Dalot’s emergence
Diogo Dalot has been a fringe player at Old Trafford for a few seasons, in any event, leaving the club on a season-long credit at a certain point.
However, the 23-year-old has laid down a good foundation for himself as the best option right-back under Erik ten Witch while likewise arising as a key player for Portugal.
And Manchester United supporters are glad to see the Portuguese but it time and effort in order to get better as a player and put his Old Trafford career back on track.
Adam-Utd (through RedCafe): “He never really seemed to care before, just got skinned so easily 1v1 and gave up. Something’s just clicked inside him now, he’s a completely different player. Ever since he got destroyed by Villareal it’s like he looked in the mirror and said nope never again.”
VanDeBank: “He’s clearly performing better. He’s more effective in the final third, which for a large part is attributable to more confidence and a proper team. His main defensive weakness has improved through more confidence and being put through the ringer a few times. Dalot’s progress has been a slow, consistent climb. Truth is, his athleticism, defensive positioning and build up play were on display last season as well.”
ForeverRed1: “He is now showing his true potential and then some. He’s clearly listening to the new manager and training hard to show what he can do. If he carries on the way he is, we have a seriously good player on our hands. This is why we wanted ETH, this is what he had to do when we couldn’t go out and just buy a new starting XI. We needed players like Dalot to step up and he did.”
tenpoless: “I’ve always had faith in him. I never really liked AWB, he’s too one dimensional. Dalot looks like one of those players who can be coached to be better, not necessarily world class, but better.”
golden_blunder: “Hands up, I for one never trusted him as a defender. But he’s doing brilliantly under a proper coaching system and doesn’t have to line up alongside Lindelof-Maguire which must have sapped his confidence. Long may it continue.”
red woppit: “It certainly looks like Ten Hag and his coaching team have worked hard with Dalot. He has a lot more confidence, both defending, where I felt he was quite weak, and attacking, where he seemed stronger early in his career, but last season he seemed to lose everything.”
Raheem Sterling backs England manager Gareth Southgate
Raheem Sterling has backed England manager Gareth Southgate, insisting that the Three Lions are heading in the right direction despite recent form.
England have endured a rather torrid run of results of late, failing to win any of their last five games and suffering relegation in the Nations League thanks to the 1-0 defeat to Italy at San Siro on Friday.
Ahead of the Three Lions’ final game prior to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Sterling talked the press about the team’s form and Southgate’s position as manager:
“We all know that is what comes with football and playing at the highest level. You are under scrutiny and a lot of it is unfair, of course, but that is the level we are at with England.
“We are always under that pressure to win, and this small loss of form is not something we need to panic about. We now have a big opportunity coming up in the winter to go out and show what we can do again.
“For what he [Southgate] has done since he has been in the job, he’s taken us to a semi-final and a final, and it just shows the direction we are going in.
“Yes, we know we are not at the level we can be right now, but I still think we have positives to look at. He’s always tried to make the environment really calm for us so that we can go out there and do what we need to do on the football field.
“After the summer, we all had to come away and look at ourselves. None of us were proud of those performances and I don’t think it is for Gareth to shoulder all of that blame.
“We’ve got players in our squad that have played at the highest level, and we need to take some of that responsibility and start to put some of these performances right, and win football matches. That is what we are here for. We are not a country here to just take part, we want to win things. We’ve spoken as a collective and I think we are in the right state to put things right.”
Nemanja Matic hits out at ‘disasterous’ criticism of Harry Magurie
Nemanja Matic has leapt to the aid of former Manchester United teammate Harry Maguire, insisting the criticism aimed at the centre-back is ‘a disaster’.
Maguire has been a regular target of abuse from both United fans and rivals for well over a year now, with the criticism ramping up in recent weeks after he lost his place at club level under new manager Erik ten Hag.
“What people are doing to him, it is a disaster,” Matic said told The Times.
“Everything has to have limits and some of these people writing on social media, they don’t have their own lives, so they just have to write bad things about someone else.”
Matic went on to discuss his time at United and his eventual departure from the club last summer. The 34-year-old midfielder asked to be released from his contract one year early, bringing his five-year association with the Red Devils to an end in favour of a third link-up with Jose Mourinho, this time at Roma.
“To be honest, I needed a new challenge because I never started playing football for money, it was because I enjoyed being on the pitch,” he said. “I wanted to play more, so once I had the call from Jose, I was quite sure I made the right decision.”
He continued: “I have to say, everyone in the club really did try to do their best. But when things are not going in the right direction, when the results aren’t there, it’s difficult, the pressure is huge, and of course nobody is happy with the performances.
“When I first came to Chelsea in 2009, there were four or five teams who didn’t have the quality to compete. Now, every team has a top manager and top players. It doesn’t matter what badge you are wearing, if you don’t play well, if you’re not well organised on the pitch, you get punished straight away.”
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