Arsenal transfer roundup Shakhtar land Mudryk as Gunners rethink Vlahovic

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Mudryk in January and their hopes of signing the Ukraine international have been given a huge boost following the latest reports.

Arsenal are closing in on a return to domestic action, but plenty is expected to happen behind the scenes between now and Monday’s clash with West Ham.

The Gunners are looking to add to their attacking options in the January transfer window and have been heavily linked with Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk, with the Ukrainian giants now giving them a huge advantage in their pursuit. Elsewhere, Arsenal could now look to rethink any potential move for Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic for one very important reason.

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Mirror Football takes a look at the latest transfer stories coming out of the Emirates Stadium…

Shakhtiar has identified Mudryk’s replacement
Arsenal have been given a huge boost in their pursuit of Mudryk from Shakhtar next month after reports that the Ukrainian club have already found their replacement.

The Gunners have been linked with the 21-year-old since the summer and a deal is edging closer to being completed, with reports claiming the two sides have already entered into negotiations. Moreover, now it would seem that Shakhtar just stepped things up.

According to UOL, Shakhtar are eyeing a move for Botafogo midfielder Jeffinho, and should he arrive as Mudryk’s replacement, then all signs point to the 21-year-old moving to north London in the very near future.

Gunners to whom Vlahovic gave a rethink
Arsenal are once again being linked with a move for Serbian striker Vlahovic, but they could now hold off on completing any deal for a major reason.

Vlahovic moved to Juventus almost 12 months ago but is said to be willing to leave next month, while the Old Lady’s own financial problems could force them to sell one of Europe’s deadliest strikers .

But according to journalist Ben Jacobs, speaking to Give Me Sport, Vlahovic has a groin problem that is still “under investigation”, meaning any unresolved injury could ultimately prevent the Gunners from sign it next month.

In the never-ending transfer saga involving Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, Arsenal are the latest club to join the race for the Frenchman since January.

The Gunners were actuuuuuuuuuuuuuually linked with Rabiot in the summer but have re-emerged as a potential suitor before the transfer window reopens next month. The 27-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season, meaning Arsenal can sign him for a cut-price deal.

And according to La Repubblica, Arsenal will look to bring the midfielder to the Emirates “immediately” and are ready to sit down to the negotiating table with the Turin club. However, his agent, who is also his mother, is demanding a salary of 10 million euros per year.

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