Newcastle are ‘preparing £50m bid to sign Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk’ with the Magpies looking to see off competition from Arsenal for the ‘Ukrainian Neymar’ who ‘dreams’ about playing the Premier League
- Newcastle are reportedly lining up a £50million bid to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk
- 21-year-old has emerged as one of the most sought-after youngsters in football
- The Magpies will need to pay big if they are to land the Shakhtar Donetsk winger
- Arsenal have been linked with him in the past but Newcastle are said to be keen
- He put clubs on red alert when revealing his dream to play in the Premier League
Newcastle are reportedly preparing a £50million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk once the transfer window reopens in January.
The Ukraine international has emerged as one of the most sought-after youngsters in world football and has been likened to PSG superstar Neymar in recent months following his sharp rise.
His man of the match performance in Shakhtar’s impressive win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu last season saw him receive a standing ovation from the home support, further elevating his stock.
Newcastle are reportedly lining up a £50million bid to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk in January
And now it’s the Magpies who are ready to make the first move in the first year as they look to see off competition from Arsenal, according to The I.
Mudryk was heavily linked with a £25million move to the Gunners during the summer window, while Everton also reportedly failed in their pursuit of the 21-year-old.
The winger remained at Shakhtar and starred during their memorable 4-1 win Champions League win over RB Leipzig earlier this month.
Mudryk scored and added two assists as the Ukrainian side caused a Champions League upset in their first group game.
Eddie Howe’s (left) Magpies are hoping to beat Mikel Arteta (right) and Arsenal to the winger
The 21-year-old has emerged as one of the most sought-after youngsters in football
He then went on to score in their second group game against Celtic, netting the equaliser on the half-hour mark to rescue a point.
Mudryk enjoyed a breakout campaign last season with 10 assists and two goals for Shakhtar, alerting Europe’s top clubs to his undoubted quality and potential.
And, speaking to CBS Sports, he refused to play down the chances of a move to Arsenal in January.
Mudryk said: ‘I do dream (of the Premier League). I think every guy dreams about the Premier League.
Mudryk was heavily linked with a £25million move to the Gunners during the summer window
‘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 its 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.’
The winger has been compared to Neymar after breaking into the Ukraine national team
The winger has been dubbed the ‘Ukrainian Neymar’ and broke into the national team last season, impressing in cameos against Scotland and Wales in the World Cup qualifiers in June.
However, Mudryk put the record straight on his nickname and claimed he would rather be named after another iconic player.
He said: ‘It’s not Ukrainian Neymar it’s the Ukrainian Modric – this sounds better. Modric is a top player and one of the best players of all time.’