Brentford are plotting a late move to sign Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk in what would become a club-record signing, a report says.
The Bees have spent £45million this summer as they look to stay in the Premier League for a second season running. While they had rocky patches of form last term, they had enough to avoid the drop by 11 points.
And boss Thomas Frank has added five signings to his squad to help them cement their position.
Keane-Lewis Potter has impressed following his move from Hull City, while ex-Burnley centre-back Ben Mee has played all five of Brentford’s Premier League games so far.
However, Brentford could yet make a big splash right at the end of the summer transfer window with Mudryk.
Indeed, The Telegraph reports that the Bees could yet spend £25million on the Ukraine international.
Mudryk rose through the ranks at Shakhtar and has played 28 times for the club, scoring two goals and assisting 10 others.
Should Brentford sign him, it would prove a club-record deal at £25million. And the report admits there are doubts over whether the London club will splash the cash.
Brentford have clear run at Mudryk
Arsenal have watched Mudryk and have had strong links with making a move for the winger, who has five Ukraine caps.
But The Telegraph claims that Arsenal are ‘not expected’ to go after him before the transfer deadline. According to VBET News, he wants to move to the Emirates Stadium.
Everton also have interest in Mudryk but have seen a €30million () proposal turned down by Shakhtar.
And the Toffees have been credited with fresh interest in Villarreal’s exciting Nigerian Samuel Chukwueze.
The developments mean that Brentford appear to have a clear run at Mudryk if they want him enough.
Nevertheless, Bees boss Frank has said that he is not “desperate” for new signings and could do without them.
Shakhtar star needs more game time
Mudryk is still only 21 and while he has caught the eye from across Europe, he would be wise to stay put, at least until January.
He only signed a bumper new deal in February and those terms run until the summer of 2026.
That gives him scope to draw out even more of his potential and attract an even bigger transfer fee in the future.
For now, though, Mudryk needs more game to prove himself before he gets a move to one of Europe’s top five leagues.
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