Arsenal transfer news: The January transfer window will be interesting (and important) for the Gunners as Mikel Arteta’s side are clearly serious contenders for everything the Premier League has to offer.
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After Arsenal finished two points behind Tottenham on consecutive defeats in their 36th and 37th matches and qualification for the UEFA Champions League was almost at an end, Arsenal are leaving nothing to chance . The Gunners are in the lead in the Premier League and are not going to slow down.
With the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Barcelona, January 2022) and Alexandre Lacazette (end of contract this summer), Arteta continues to rejuvenate an already stunning attack that includes Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka and captain Martin Odegaard.
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Below we round up the latest deals, reports and rumours, and our analysis of Arsenal’s transfer news as Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Nicholas Mendola (NM) and Andy Edwards (AE) guide you through the hectic coming a few months.
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January 10 – Mudryk travels with Shakhtar, negotiations continue
The latest reports on Mykhailo Mudryk have come to Arsenal and while the Gunners seem to be reassured that they can make a deal, the Ukraine winger has flown to Turkey and taken them on tour. Shakhtar are currently in the off-season and 22-year-old Mudryk is on holiday and is working with a personal trainer to stay in shape. Now he’s leaving with the team for training and friendly games, so a deal doesn’t seem inevitable.
However, a Daily Express report says that Shakhtar are finally open to negotiating a reduction in the $100 million asking price and some compromises have already been found. It all depends on how much Arsenal are willing to pay up front and how much Shakhtar are willing to accept in installments. The structure of the deal seems to be being worked out and Arsenal really need to add another striker so they can change their attacking lineup. (Japan)
Shakhtar Donetsk are finally showing signs of dissatisfaction with Mykhailo Mudryk as Arsenal make positive moves towards an agreement during Monday’s talks. The Gunners have for the first time received indication that a deal could be struck on terms they consider realistic. #AFK https://t.co/Xh67VnFCnD
— Ryan Taylor (@RyanTaylorSport) January 10, 2023
January 9 – Alejandro Balde to Arsenal or Newcastle?
Report from Sport in Spain says both Arsenal and Newcastle want to sign Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde. The versatile 19-year-old has become a regular for the Spanish giants this season but has yet to sign a new contract at the Camp Nou. According to the report, the problems with his contract negotiations at Barça are due to the financial constraints they face and this has caused problems when trying to negotiate new long-term contracts with current players. Newcastle and Arsenal have reported Balde’s availability as his current contract expires in the summer of 2024. Balde, who already plays for Spain, is a huge talent and, according to the report, his agent Jorge Mendez told Barcelona they could sell him. to get cash to help their financial situation. Both Arsenal and Newcastle aim to recruit players in a structured and sensible manner, and Balde’s quality and age fit the bill for a recruiting model. (Japan)
Jan 3 – Chelsea ready to make deal with Mudrik
Another day, another update on Mikhail Mudrik, but this is not related to Arsenal. According to The Sun’s Jack Rosser, Chelsea are poised to sign the hugely talented Ukraine international as Arsenal have yet to agree a transfer fee with Shakhtar Donetsk. Mudrik, 21, is Arsenal’s top target in the January window, but Chelsea are certainly in need of fresh attacking talent, with Shakhtar sporting director Darijo Srna set to negotiate with the Blues this week. All this is very similar to Willian and Luis Diaz. (Japan)
Exclusive: Chelsea are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over a deal for Mykhailo Mudrik and could intercept Arsenal’s transfer.
Darijo Srna expected to face the Blues in London this week.
— Jack Rosser (@JackRosser_) January 3, 2023
Jan 3 – Improved Mudrik bid, but Chelsea are in hiding
Another day, another news about Arsenal’s persecution of Mikhail Mudrik. According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal have applied for over $52.8 million in favor of Shakhtar Donetsk. The deal also includes many extras. Romano adds that if Arsenal and Shakhtar can’t agree on a fee, Chelsea are waiting in the wings to bribe the extremely talented Ukraine international. Mudrik, 21, is Arsenal’s top target in the January window and given their recent recruiting success, it’s likely that he will be another key piece in the Mikel Arteta mosaic. (Japan)
Arsenal’s second offer for Mikhail Mudrik is around €50m with a fixed fee plus bonuses. It is expected that Shakhtar will make a decision, the clubs are in direct contact. ⚪️🔴🇺🇦 #AFK
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 3, 2023
December 30 – Shakhtar is in talks with Arsenal about the transfer of Mudrik
That sound you can hear is Arsenal fans rubbing their hands in glee as Edu & Co. aim to sign one of the best young wingers in Europe. According to the chief executive of Shakhtar Donetsk, Sergey Palkin, Arsenal is in talks with the Ukrainian club, and they are bargaining over the transfer fee. Shakhtar reportedly turned down an offer from Arsenal worth more than $66 million. The Ukrainian giants are said to want about $100 million. Palkin spoke on Thursday and said: “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.”
According to our UK partners Sky Sports, there is “cautious optimism” that the deal could be finalized as Mudrik’s representatives have reportedly already agreed on personal terms and are now waiting for the two teams to agree on a transfer fee. What would Mudrik bring? He fits the Arsenal model: a young, hungry player, technically gifted but with an incredible work rate. If he comes, he can let the likes of Saka and Martinelli play slightly different roles and he will add some real quality to their attacking rotations. As we saw with Gabriel Jesus’ injury, this Arsenal squad is still quite thin. But if Arsenal do sign Mudrik, it makes sense and fits in with their identity as a club. Whenever Arsenal have spent large sums in recent seasons (Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel, Thomas Partey, Alexander Zinchenko, Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White are just a few examples), they have mostly done it right. (Japan)
December 27 – Arsenal makes bid for Mykhailo Mudryk
Reports say Arsenal have approached Shakhtar Donetsk with a $67 million offer for in-demand forward Mykhailo Mudryk.
The Ukrainian club is said to want more than $100 million for the winger, who has made eight caps for Ukraine and turns 22 on January 5.
Some reports said a move was “inevitable”, but Mudrik has been linked to Manchester City, among others. This season he has scored 10 goals and provided eight assists in 18 games across all competitions.
Mudrik is an electric dribbler who plays mostly on the left flank, where fellow 21-year-old Gabriel Martinelli often stars opposite another 21-year-old Bukayo Saka on the right. The relatively elderly Gabriel Jesus, 25, was the Gunners’ center ahead of 23-year-old Eddie Nketiah. The club also has Reiss Nelson and Marquinhos, as well as the long-injured Emile Smith-Roe. Wow.
Shakhtar advance from the Champions League to the playoffs of the Europa League, while Arsenal advance to the 1/8 finals after the playoffs. (New Mexico)