Newcastle now join Arsenal and Everton in race to sign £44m man compared to Mbappe

According Ben JacobsNewcastle have joined Arsenal and Everton in the race to sign Shakhtar Donetsk wonderkid Mykhaylo Mudryk.

What is the story?

Well, the Ukraine international started making headlines towards the end of the summer transfer window, when Everton submitted a late bid worth €30 million (£26m) for his signing.

The Toffees failed with their bid, while Arsenal were asked to pay “a lot” of money if they hope to sign Mudryk.

Now Newcastle – who certainly have plenty of money – have joined the race for the Ukrainian.

Jacobs – a CBS Sports reporter – claims Sevilla, Bayer Leverkusen and Ajax are also tracking No.10 Shakhtar Donetsk after their impressive start to the season.

Mudryk has scored two goals in two Champions League games so far, leading Shakhtar Donetsk sporting director Darijo Srna to compare the striker to Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Junior.

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The 40-year-old said: “Mudryk is a serious talent. After Mbappe & Vini Jr, he is the best player in Europe in his position. If someone wants to buy Mudryk, they have to spend a lot, a lot, a lot money and respect our club.

Shakhtar Donetsk President Rinat Akhmetov is said to appreciate his prodigy at €50 million (£44 million).

Jacobs adds that Mudryk sees January as the perfect time to move, although Akhmetov remains firm on his assessment and won’t budge – especially if Shakhtar Donetsk qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

Newcastle, Arsenal and Everton have work to do

In our opinion, it is going to be very difficult for Newcastle, Arsenal or Everton to sign Mudryk.

As mentioned above, the Ukrainian already has a price tag of £44m which is likely to increase if he continues playing as he is currently.

Moreover, with so many top European sides vying for his signature, it looks like only a Champions League side will be able to acquire Mudryk, which rules out the three Magpies, Gunners and the Toffees.

However, an exception could be made for Arsenal in January, with the north Londoners looking to qualify for the tournament this season.

Be sure to keep an eye on this situation as Mudryk is set to dominate the transfer headlines before January.

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