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Liverpool join Premier League rivals Arsenal in transfer race to sign ‘Ukrainian Neymar’

Mykhaylo Mudryk has been called the ‘Ukrainian Neymar’ and it’s believed Arsenal and Liverpool are among those interested in signing the Shakhtar Donetsk youngster.

 

Liverpool are reportedly interested in Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, who was linked with Arsenal during the summer.

 

The 21-year-old is one of the best young footballers in Ukraine and has impressed in the Champions League this season, scoring two goals and providing two assists in his two appearances against German giants RB Leipzig and Scottish champions Celtic.

 

The inexperienced star has played just over 50 club games to date but has been dubbed the ‘Ukrainian Neymar’ – such is his talent. Mudryk was close to joining Brentford in January and has expressed a desire to play in the Premier League later in his career.

 

According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, Mudryk’s opportunity to grace English football may come sooner rather than later. It’s claimed Liverpool and Arsenal will try to sign the five-cap international in January. Sevilla are also thought to be interested in him.

 

It’s believed Liverpool’s local rivals Everton were previously interested in Mudryk, who is valued at around £30million. That valuation will surely increase if the Ukrainian continues to put in tremendous displays in the Champions League between now and January.

 

Mudryk raised eyebrows in August when he liked a post on Instagram suggesting Arsenal were interested in signing him before the transfer deadline. A move never materialised, yet he will continued to be linked with Premier League clubs for the foreseeable future.

Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly interested in Mykhaylo Mudryk

Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly interested in Mykhaylo Mudryk

Speaking shortly after his move to Brentford collapsed at the beginning of the year, Mudryk said: “I want to thank Brentford for the offers.

 

“To end up in the Premier League at 20-years-old is fantastic but the final decision is down to the club president. Had the offer come in a year or 18 months ago, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought – I’d have asked the club to let me go without hesitation.

 

“To end up in the Premier League aged 20 is amazing. But I currently have a long contract and all of my thoughts are tied to Shakhtar. I will use all my power to help the side win in all competitions that we are taking part in.”

 

Mudryk reiterated his desire to play in the Premier League after Shakhtar’s 4-1 win over Leipzig. He said: “I do dream [of the Premier League]. I think every guy dreams about the Premier League. Arsenal is a very good team with a very good coach.

I like the way they play. Yes it would be hard to say no from my side, I can’t say no but the transfer is not only my decision and my word. In winter we will see. There was a lot of discussion about the transfer and the collapse [of the deal] and who wants me but it’s normal now. I’m in Shakhtar and I want to play in this team.

 

“I love this team and I love every guy in this team. Shakhtar for me it is now my home but for me it is very important that all my thoughts are about Shakhtar but in the winter [window] we will see.”

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