Shakhtar continue to hold talks with Arsenal over Mudryk deal

    Shakhtar will continue negotiations with Arsenal on a deal for Mykhailo Mudrik, but warned that they would only sell at the right price.

    Arsenal reportedly made a £57m (€64.4m) offer for winger Mudryk, rejected by the Ukrainian champions.

    Shakhtar director Carlo Nicolini on Wednesday said the club was expecting a fee closer to the £100m (€113.2m) Manchester City paid for Jack Grealish than the £82m (€92.7m) euros) that Manchester United paid for Anthony.

    Sergei Palkin was due to hold further talks with Premier League officials on Thursday, but Shakhtar’s CEO stressed that the club’s valuable asset is not going anywhere if the Gunners don’t offer what they’re looking for.

    He told the club’s official website: “Negotiations are ongoing. We are getting offers, but they are not what we would like to see on our table.

    “Now, literally in five minutes, I will have a telephone conversation with Arsenal. We are open to negotiations, ready to exchange ideas and figures. If we agree, then so be it. If we don’t, then let it be another time.”

    Palkin’s comments came after Nicolini told Calcio Mercato: “I confirm that Arsenal are one of the most active teams.

    “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 monetary figure is £40 million, it doesn’t even count.

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