MYKHAILO MUDRYK has reportedly informed Shakhtar Donetsk that he wants to join Arsenal over Chelsea.
Both clubs are battling for the winger and hope to complete a deal this month.
Arsenal have had multiple bids for Mudryk rejected by Shakthar, with the latest believed to be worth around £62million.
That led Chelsea to try and hijack a potential transfer with Shkathar director Darijo Srna seen in Todd Boehly's personal box as the Blues hosted Manchester City on Thursday.
Srna is also set to hold talks with Arsenal and Shakhtar will demand a huge up-front payment.
Mudryk prefers a move to North London and has informed his club of that wish, report 90min.
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He has made no secret of his fondness of the Gunners, and recently took to social media to praise manager Mikel Arteta.
The Ukrainian has also been watching Arsenal's recent games in a massive hint he wants to join the Premier League leaders.
So far negotiations have proved difficult for Arsenal with Shakhtar demanding £85m for the 22-year-old.
However Mudryk is believed to have voiced his concern over the demands and has urged Shakhtar to let him join Arsenal.
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He is prioritising talks with the Gunners over Chelsea but may have to remain patient with Arsenal unwilling to meet his asking price.
And Mudryk is said to be prepared to do just that before seeking other options.
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