TRANSFER LIVE: ARSENAL finally make Shakhtar Donetsk's winger their priority target for January transfer window

Arsenal have made Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk their top target for the January transfer window, according to reports.

The Gunners are currently preparing for the second half of the season following the World Cup break and are aiming to carry on where they left off as they sit top of the Premier League, five points clear of Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window but his plans may have been altered following Gabriel Jesus’ knee injury at the World Cup.

The Brazil international has required surgery and is expected to be out of at least three months, which leaves Arsenal short of a central striker.

But according to The Athletic, Arsenal still consider Mudryk their top target for the upcoming transfer window and sources claim there is a “good chance” that the Ukraine international will join Arteta’s side.

The report also claims that Mudryk is ‘determined’ to make the move to Arsenal and is keen to play in the Premier League.

Last month, Mudryk was unhappy with Shakhtar after the Ukrainian club publicly valued him at €100 million (£87.5m).

‘If somebody wants to buy Mudryk, they must pay huge, huge, huge money,’ Shakhtar’s director of football, Dario Srna, told The Athletic.

‘Otherwise the president of the club [Rinat Akhmetov] will not sell him. All the clubs must respect the president, respect Shakhtar and in the end they must respect Mykhaylo Mudryk, who is one of the best players I saw. The price is so big. The market is deciding the price, not me.

When asked about Shakhtar’s valuation, Mudryk said: ‘After reading the interview of the director, I will not hide that I was very upset.

‘The amount of €100m puts a barrier for my transition to the top championship, which I so dreamed of. I can’t say that my dream was killed, but wounded, that’s for sure.’

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