Since returning to Arsenal as a CEO, Edu has brought the team into a different style of buying and selling than before. The most obvious is that they are quite willing to spend. It comes from the fact that American owners completely trust the new team. This issue is superficial, nothing to discuss.
What makes Edu highly appreciated by experts is the way he handles deals on the negotiating table: decisively and quickly. In the documentary “All or Nothing: Arsenal”, it was clearly seen how Edu pushed away Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, when the time for the winter transfer window was only in hours.
Arsenal bought Ben White or Gabriel Jesus very quickly. There weren’t too many rumors before Arsenal actually approached. Once they determine the target, the Gunners Board will negotiate quickly and “close the single”. It is different from the way Man Utd pursued Frankie De Jong for 13 weeks of the summer.
Therefore, the fact that so much information has been “revealed” about Mykhaylo Mudryk in the past few days is really contrary to Edu’s trading style.
Reports in the UK say that Arsenal pursued Mudryk in the last weeks of August, when the Raphinha deal fell through. The density of news about Mudryk increased every day after he played sublime in the group stage of the Champions League. Most of that information comes from Ukraine.
First, Shakhtar Donetsk’s director of football Darijo Srna said that Mudryk has the same talent as Antony and his price tag will be similar. On the other hand, Srna affirmed that any clubs that ask to buy under the price of 100 million euros, he will not need to consult the club president, because they default to Mudryk to be sold at a high price.
At this point, Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin confirmed that Arsenal seriously asked for Mudryk.
“Negotiations are still ongoing,” Sky Sports quoted Palkin as saying.
“We have received offers, but those proposals are not the ones we want to see on the table.”
“Now, literally in five minutes, I’ll be on the phone with Arsenal. We’re ready to negotiate, ready to exchange ideas and numbers.”
“If we reach an agreement, then so be it, if not, that’s for another time.”
Obviously, Shakhtar Donetsk is a team that is eager to sell Mudryk. Mudryk himself is also ready to leave Ukraine. That’s why people saw him posting on his personal Instagram a photo of himself watching the match between Arsenal and West Ham on television.
The remaining problem is that Shakhtar Donetsk is very consistent in ‘getting a new price to sell Mudryk’. Meanwhile, Arsenal need more people for the attack to rotate for the second half of the season full of uncertainties. However, it seems The Gunners understand that no one but them is really interested in Mudryk, so just let Shakhtar Donetsk scream.
Crouching Dragon | 21:14 December 29, 2022