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Mykhailo Mudryk’s shirt number choice as Arsenal transfer takes next step

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Mykhailo Mudryk could be closing in on his Arsenal move after the Gunners’ latest offer.

The Shakhtar Donetsk forward will be allowed to leave provided a club hits their valuation. The Ukrainian side are looking for more than £80m but Arsenal’s latest offer, which could go up to £70m once add-ons are included, may be enough to sway them.

Mudryk himself is keen on a switch to the Premier League, with his latest social media post cryptically suggesting he is hopeful that a deal can be struck. It is thought that personal terms have already been agreed with a five-year deal at the Emirates waiting in the wings.

Mikel Arteta himself is hopeful of adding more firepower to his ranks as the north Londoners look to build on their impressive start to the season. They have largely played with a settled starting XI, which has placed huge demands on the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka.

Arteta has said on their January recruitment: “We knew the importance of getting players early in the summer and that is the same we want to do in January. This is idealistic. Sometimes it is not realistic. But obviously, if you ask my opinion, as quick as possible we want the players in to get settled.

Should Mudryk completed his move to north London then he will have to pick his shirt number. Many of the traditional numbers are already occupied, but the Ukrainian can look to assume a number previously worn by several club legends.

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