Arsenal told to pay £30M for Shakhtar defender Matviyenko
Arsenal told to pay £30M for Shakhtar defender Matviyenko
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Arsenal told to pay £30M for Shakhtar defender Matviyenko

Arsenal have reportedly been told they have to pay £30m to secure the services of Shakhtar Donetsk defender Mykola Matviyenko.

The 23-year-old has emerged as a top target for the Gunners, who are in need of reinforcement in key areas, with the defense unit among them. 

Matvyiyenko's agent has revealed that the two clubs are in talks over a deal, which can happen in the coming week. 

The 23-year-old has 18 months left on his contract, and Arsenal are pushing for an initial loan deal. 

Mikel Arteta knows the defender well having faced him in the Champions League while at Manchester City as an assistant manager.

The Gunners have a number of injury worries at the back, with Kieran Tierney expected to be out for a couple of months. 

Bukayo Saka has been forced to play at left-back in recent matches due to lack of enough men, same as Maitland-Niles at right-back. 

The Gunners have been linked with a number of defenders this transfer window, including Bournemouth's Nathan Ake and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng but seem to have settled on Matviyenko.

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