Mykhaylo Mudryk’s transfer to Arsenal will still be negotiated by Shakhtar Donetsk, but they have issued a warning that they will only sell for the right price.
The Ukrainian champions reportedly turned down Arsenal’s offer of 64.4m euros for the winger.
Shakhtar director Carlo Nicolini said the club will demand a cost that is more in line with the 100m pounds that Manchester City paid for Jack Grealish.
Club CEO Sergei Palkin was scheduled to meet with the Premier League’s top teams again on Thursday, but he emphasized that if the Gunners do not make an acceptable offer, the club’s prized asset will not be moving.
“Negotiations are continuing. We receive offers, but they are not the ones we would like to see on our table,” Palkin told the club’s official website.
“Now, literally in five minutes, I will have a phone conversation with Arsenal. We are open to negotiations, ready to exchange ideas and figures. If we will agree, then let it be so. If we will not, then let it be another time.”
His comments come after Nicolini told Calcio Mercato: “I confirm that Arsenal is one of the most active teams.
“When there is an interested company, we ask: ‘Make a proposal and when we have it in hand we start to negotiate.’
“As we have always said, to deal with Mudryk, you need an important offer. Arsenal may have made such an offer, but there is negotiation.
“Players were sold that the clubs wanted to sell and that we consider no stronger than Mudryk with a valuation of around 100m pounds, so we consider no less than 60m pounds.
“I am not the one to make the figure, I have no particular indications from the company, but the director has said that we need an important offer closer to Grealish than for Anthony. If the cash figure is 40m pounds, it is not even taken into account.”