Talks Held: Arsenal on Verge of Signing Shakhtar Donetsk centre-back

Arsenal have held negotiations with Shakhtar Donetsk over the landing of Mykola Matviyenko, according to the defender’s representative.

Mikel Arteta is keen to improve his defensive variants before the end of the January transfer market following Calum Chambers’ season-ending injury.

RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng have both been linked with a transfer to the Gunners this month.

But it has now been stated that Arsenal have begun negotiations with Shakhtar regarding a potential deal for Matviyenko.

‘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 Ukrainian media.

‘The Gunners’ hierarchy have already contacted [Shakhtar], and we hope that these negotiations will succeed.’

The 23-year-old star came through Shakhtar’s academy and made his senior team debut for the Ukrainian club back in 2015.

Matviyenko, who has been capped 20 by his country, has also been linked with a move to Manchester City having played against them in the UCL earlier this season. �ռ@q�

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