Arsenal are in pole position for the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk.

That’s according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio. The transfer expert was today interviewed by Dutch outlet Soccer News, and asked about several market moves which are expected to be made in the coming months.

One of these questions was very direct about Arsenal and Mudryk, with the website asking how much the Gunners would spend on the signing and what he could bring to Mikel Arteta’s squad.

“Mudryk is a really good player. AC Milan wanted him in the summer in case Rafael Leão left, but he was too expensive for Milan. Right now, Arsenal are trying to secure him because they know they are dealing with a very talented player. But whether it will work out in January… I don’t know,” Di Marzio told Soccer News.

“That they are in pole-position to capture him is certain, though. But: Shakhtar are a tough negotiating partner and they are likely to ask around €35m for him.”

Arsenal’s links with Mudryk isn’t something new, but Di Marzio brings a couple of interesting takes on that pursuit.

First that the Gunners seem clear of Milan in the race for the signing, despite the Italian media making it very clear that the Rossoneri would like to land the 21-year-old as well.

What also draws attention is the figures mentioned by the journalist, as €35m sounds little given the recent stories which said the London side already offered around €60m for the transfer.

Therefore, let’s wait and see who is right about that price.