Arsenal in talks for Shakhtar Donetsk central defender
Arsenal are supposedly in talks for Shakhtar Donetsk centre-back Mykola Matviyenko, according to his agent.
The Gunners’ weakest position comes at the heart of their defence.
David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi started their game against Chelsea on Tuesday evening, and struggled.
Mustafi was at fault for Arsenal’s first goal, with his short pass leaving fellow defender David Luiz in trouble.
Luiz then committed a professional foul, giving away a penalty and subsequently getting sent off.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Dayot Upamecano this month, but a transfer has not yet come to fruition.
Now, it looks as though the Gunners are in talks for a Ukrainian central defender.
“We hope that these negotiations will succeed”
Speaking to Ukranian media, as cited by Football London, Mykola Matviyenko’s agent has claimed that Arsenal are in talks for his client.
The player’s agent, Yuriy Danchenko, suggests he is ‘constantly in contact’ with the Gunners, and meetings have taken place:
“My colleagues and I have been constantly in contact with representatives of the Arsenal, and have meetings,” he explained.
“The Gunners’ hierarchy have already contacted [Shakhtar], and we hope that these negotiations will succeed.”
Matviyenko has featured 14 times for Shakhtar Donetsk so far this season, scoring one goal.
The player has also impressed during their Champions League campaign, and Manchester City is cited as another potential destination.
According to Football London’s report, Upamecano still ‘tops the club’s wish list’.
He could even be available for a cut-price fee, with his contract entering its final 12 months in the summer.
As time goes on, it looks to be a case of when Arsenal will sign a central defender, rather than if.
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