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Friday’s transfer rumors – Arsenal given ‘green light’ to sign €100m winger

Mykhaylo Mudryk at Shakhtar Donetsk
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Arsenal given ‘green light’ to sign €100m winger

Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk has given Arsenal the ‘green light’ to sign him in the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old Ukraine international would be happy to seal a move to the Emirates Stadium. While Shakhtar value him at €100 million, Arsenal hope to strike a cut-price deal. The Gunners could offer the Ukrainian club €60 million instead, plus achievable add-ons and a sell-on clause. [GiveMeSport]

€100m bid for Benfica star Fernandez rejected

Benfica have rejected a €100 million transfer offer from an unnamed club for Enzo Fernandez.

The 21-year-old midfielder played a starring role in Argentina’s triumphant World Cup campaign, winning the tournament’s Best Young Player award. He has a €120 million release clause in his Benfica contract, which runs until 2027.

Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring Fernandez. [Record – in Portuguese]

Chelsea complete David Datro Fofana deal

Real Sociedad name their price for Barcelona target Zubimendi

Real Sociedad won’t accept transfer offers below the €60 million release clause in Martin Zubimendi’s contract.

Xavi Hernandez views Zubimendi as an ideal successor to Barcelona captain Sergio Busquets. The manager, however, accepts the club won’t pay €60 million for the 23-year-old midfielder, especially as Real Sociedad want the payment in full – rather than in installments.

A summer deal for Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is also unlikely, but Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Wolves’ Ruben Neves remain possibilities for Barcelona. [Relevo – in Spanish]

Man Utd ‘in contact’ with Gakpo’s agents

Manchester United are working on a deal for PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo.

The 23-year-old’s agents are in contact with the Premier League club over a transfer. United’s decision to ramp up their interest comes after an impressive World Cup campaign from Gakpo. He scored three goals in the tournament to help the Netherlands reach the quarter-finals. [GiveMeSport]

Chelsea strike ‘verbal agreement’ for Andrey Santos

Cedric’s Arsenal future hangs in the balance

Arsenal remain undecided over Cedric Soares’ future ahead of the January transfer window.

 The 31-year-old full-back has played just twice in the Premier League this season. Fulham lead the chase for his signature, although there is reported interest from Bayer Leverkusen and Villarreal as well. [Evening Standard]

Asensio is on PSG’s list of targets

Paris Saint-Germain have listed Real Madrid winger Marco Asensio as a potential transfer target.

The 26-year-old Spaniard has six months left on his Real Madrid contract and, considering he has made just one start in LaLiga this season, a new deal is unlikely at this stage. [Diario Sport – in Spanish]