‘Very difficult’ – Arsenal insider not expecting reported deal to come through

Charles Watts has poured cold water on reports linking Arsenal with a deal to sign Mykhalo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk, claiming that his current club are valuing him too highly.

The Gunners are actively working to strengthen their squad as they look to maintain their place at the top of the Premier League table, and a forward is believed to be high on their agenda.

While we are being linked with the likes of Joao Felix among others, it is Mudryk who we appear to have moved for first, but we are yet to find an agreement with the Ukrainian giants.

Watts believes that their valuation is over the top, and that the deal is likely to fall through if they are to hold onto their current stance.

“I’d be stunned,” Watts told his YouTube followers. “This is just me talking obviously, sort of looking at it on paper, and he’s not played that much senior football, he’s never played out of Ukraine,” he stated.

“That’s not dissing Ukrainian football at all, it’s just a fact. He’s not played in one of the top leagues.

“Obviously he’s done well in the Champions League this season, which has done a lot for his value. Still, I mean can you really be demanding 100 million? It’s very, very difficult if that’s seriously what they are only going to sell for.”

It is hard to disagree with Watts, but if he really does have the potential to be one of the best players in world football, then maybe the fee isn’t all that bad. I guess this boils down to whether you believe the hype or not, and our scouts clearly see something there.


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  1. I completely disagree with you Patrick. No one ever pays €100m for a player at his level. Not even Newcastle and PSG will do that. They keep on talking about Grealish as though we didn’t know his quaity before City paid that amount. We would be very very foolish to pay €100m for a player who will come to serve as competition. He’s not better than our very own Martinelli. In all honesty, it would be far more beneficial for us if we give Juventus the €90m they want for Vlahovic, as that will mean that Jesus can cover us on the left wing in Martinelli’s place without a drop in quality. What? €100m for a player who isn’t coming as a guaranteed starter? They should keep him. With €100m, we can sign any of the following players and still have change left:

    Dusan Vlahovic
    Victor Osimhen
    Joao Felix
    Ousmane Dembele
    Rafael Leao
    Sergej Milinkovic Savic

    Is Mudryk as better or as proven as any of the players above? I bet he won’t even have as much impact on our team as any of the above. A midfielder is still very much needed.

    1. Watts blithely talks about 100milion , as if he thinks a club would pay that amount.
      But is is plainly NOT on any clubs agenda to pay that sort of sum for MUDRYK, so Watts figure is an irrelevance to a fallacious argument.
      In reality, we are talking around £60mill, at most and that is a very different figure. Still perhaps, perhaps not, too much for MA and Edu, who knows!
      Personally, I think both MA and Edu have earned the right to our trust and imo, we should leave THEM to decide who to buy and for how much. Do you agree?

  2. Haarland was far better value for money.
    It is hard to understand Arsenal not considering Giacomakis from Glasgow Celtic (notwithstanding his age) given his goal scoring exploits for Celtic and previously in the Eridivise and his potential transfer fee and required wages..

    1. OG, Scots Prem and Eridivise, with great respect to both those far less quality leagues, are hardly DECISIVE factors when it comes to valuing a players worth.

      Even I, as a fairly hopeless player,long ago, used to score goals at park level Divs 3, 4, 5. Just as an analogy!!

    2. @Ozziegunner are you talking about the Scottish premiership? Scottish clubs have good defenders but not epl level attackers and midfielders. There’s enough examples of attackers from that league that had to return to Scotland. Aribo was v good at rangers but is currently struggling to impact games at Southampton. Remember McGiddy?

  3. Arsenal should look at other players if Shakhtar wants to play hard ball before its too late. This should not be a repeat of vlahovic.

  4. Any player that drags us into the CL and maybe to the
    title is worth 100mill. imo. the revenue from these is 200
    if I am not mistaken plus evt. add ons from sponsors..
    I like Osiemen but Mudryk has terrifying speed that comes in handy,against big heavy defenders.

      1. Surprising post! If you are a trem Prem watcher then I am amazed that, unlike, me you cannot think of many others, at least CB’s.

        WE have two in our regular team who are heavy and tall. I THINK you meant cumbersome and not big and heavy, perhaps?
        I would say that being big, tall and therefore heavy, though also balanced and speedy, are ASSETS for any great Prem defender. At least for CB’s! And, of course, keepers.

  5. I hate pouring cold water on the team i love but can see Arsenal ending up with no addition in January window We dont compete monetary wise at top end of the market and will always lose out to bigger spenders Arsenal should not be looking at Canadian or American players and also steer away from any striker north of the border they play in vastly inferior leagues I love Arsenal but fear the worse in January sales and can see Arsenal falling out of titke race bycend of January

  6. If they are playing hard ball then it’s up to him MIKylo to deal with them if he is to get his dream come true. Other wise they are killing his future which is not good at all. If Harland can only cost 50+ m what are they trying to insinuate.

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