Arsenal target Mykhailo Mudryk told people in Dubai that he expected to end up at the Emirates

Arsenal’s £62m target Mykhailo Mudryk has told people on holiday in Dubai he expects to end up in the Emirates… and the Shakhtar Donestk star has ‘already agreed personal terms on a five-year contract” with the Gunners of Mikel Arteta

  • The Gunners had an initial offer for the winger turned down as Shakhtar want £85m
  • They are now believed to have made an improved second offer of around £62m
  • Arsenal reportedly agree personal terms and five-year contract with Mudryk
  • The Ukraine winger posted Instagram posts of himself watching Arsenal matches

Arsenal target Mykhailo Mudryk has told people on holiday in Dubai that he expects to end up in the Emirates as the Gunners step up their pursuit of the Shakhtar Donetsk star.

The Gunners are desperate to secure the 21-year-old’s signature, despite Shakhtar demanding £85million.

Mudryk was spotted in Dubai in mid-December alongside Mikel Arteta’s side, who were contesting the Dubai Super Cup as part of their preparations for the return of the Premier League.

Mykhailo Mudryk telling people on holiday in Dubai that he intended to join Arsenal

Mykhailo Mudryk telling people on holiday in Dubai that he intended to join Arsenal

Mikel Arteta's Gunners are leading the race to get Mudryk, but Chelsea are also interested in the winger

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are leading the race to get Mudryk, but Chelsea are also interested in the winger

The winger also hinted at his desire to move to north London, notably when he posted an image on Boxing Day of himself watching Arsenal beat West Ham 3-1.

And on New Years Eve, Mudryk posted another Instagram of himself watching “two great managers” – Arteta, and his former Shakhtar Donetsk boss Roberto Ze Derbi, who now manages Brighton.

It also emerged that Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Mudryk on a five-year deal, according to The Times.

Sportsmail reported on Monday that the Gunners have made an improved offer for Mudryk estimated to be around £44m up front with add-ons of up to £62m.

Mudryk previously hinted at a possible move to north London while watching Arsenal games over Christmas

Mudryk previously hinted at a possible move to north London while watching Arsenal games over Christmas

It came after the club had an opening bid of £35m plus £17m in add-ons rejected by the Ukrainian side.

Mudryk, who turns 22 on January 5, was named Shakhtar Fans’ Player of the Year for the second time in a row on Friday.

The Ukrainian winger has emerged as one of European football’s hottest prospects after a phenomenal start to the season which saw him score 10 goals in 18 appearances in all competitions.

Arsenal, who took a seven-point lead with a 4-2 win over Brighton, look set to clinch Mudryk’s signature – unless west London rivals Chelsea match the higher valuation of his winger by the Ukrainian club.

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi, who coached Mudryk at Shakhtar Donetsk during the 2021-22 season, was full of admiration and praise for the winger.

Speaking ahead of Brighton’s clash with Arsenal, he said: “Mudryk is a fantastic player, but Brighton can’t buy him. I think Mudryk can win the Ballon d’Or in the future. I know the value of Mudryk, he has the potential to win the Ballon d’Or.

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