Arsenal have to pay around £100m (€113.2m) for the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhailo Mudrik, according to club vice-director Carlo Nicolini.
The Ukraine international has attracted the attention of top European clubs after an impressive performance in the Champions League, in which he scored three goals and provided two assists in six matches.
Mudryk is also Shakhtar’s top scorer in the Ukrainian Premier League this season with seven goals, with no player in the league registering more assists (seven).
Premier League leaders Arsenal have reportedly turned down an initial bid for the 21-year-old, who recently claimed to be a fan of head coach Mikel Arteta’s style of play and followed their results.
Nicolini confirmed that talks were ongoing with the Gunners, but suggested that they would need an offer close to three figures to complete the deal.
This could potentially mean breaking the record transfer fee involving a player moving to a Premier League club, which was set when Jack Grealish moved from Aston Villa to Manchester City in 2021 (£100m).
It will also be the most expensive transfer this season since Anthony’s £82m (€95m) transfer from Ajax to Manchester United.
“I confirm that Arsenal are one of the most active teams,” Nicolini told Calcio Mercato. “When there is an interested company, we ask: “Make an offer, and when it is in hand, we will start negotiations.”
“As we have always said, to deal with Mudrik, you need an important offer. Arsenal may have made such an offer, but negotiations are ongoing.
“Players were sold who the clubs wanted to sell and who we believe are no stronger than Mudrik with a valuation of around £100m, so we are looking at at least £60m.
“I’m not the one to make the figure, I don’t have specific instructions from the company, but the director said that we need an important offer closer to Grealish than Anthony. If the amount of money is £40 million, it doesn’t even count.”