Arsenal are planning to Shakhtar Donetsk defender Mykola Matviyenko to shore up their leaky defence after the Ukrainian’s agent confirmed an approach from the PL club.
New manager Mikel Arteta is keen to bring in alternative defensive variants before the close of the January transfer market after Calum Chambers’ season-ending injury as well as questionable displays from David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi.
And now it is stated that the north London club have commenced talks with Ukraine side Shakhtar over their 23-year-old star’s availability.
‘Recently, my colleagues and I have been constantly in contact with representatives of the Arsenal, and have had meetings,’ Matviyenko’s entourage, Yuriy Danchenko, told the Ukrainian media, as per The Metro.
‘The Gunners’ hierarchy have already contacted [Shakhtar], and we hope that these negotiations will succeed.’
Ukrainian international Matviyenko has been at the club his whole career, having progressed through Shakhtar Donetsk’s academy before making his first-team debut in 2015.