Mykola Matviyenko’s agent has revealed that Premier League giants Arsenal are in talks to sign the Shakhtar Donetsk defender, potentially setting up a transfer battle with Manchester City .
City are believed to be keen on the centre-back with Pep Guardiola’s side having struggled at the back this season.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is also keen to strengthen his defensive options with the Gunners having been linked with a number of players.
Matviyenko has emerged as a transfer target for Arteta having impressed for Shakhtar during the Champions League.
And now his agent has revealed that Arsenal have already made contact over a possible move for the 23-year-old.
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"My colleagues and I have been constantly in contact with representatives of the Arsenal, and have meetings," Matviyenko’s agent Yuriy Danchenko told Ukrainian media.
"The Gunners' hierarchy have already contacted [Shakhtar], and we hope that these negotiations will succeed."
Arsenal have also been linked with the likes of Layvin Kurzawa, Jerome Boateng and Dayot Upamecano this month.
However, as of yet, Arteta is yet to bring any new faces through with suggestions that Arsenal will struggle to make big-money signings during January.
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But former Arsenal star Paul Merson believes Brighton ace Lewis Dunk would be the best option for Arteta.
"I think Arsenal are getting a little bit carried away here,” Merson said on The Debate.
“He [Boateng] is playing at Bayern Munich where they’re getting 80 per cent of the ball and they’ve probably got two [difficult] games a season.
"This Arsenal team are not a 70-30 per cent possession team anymore, it’s not a team that are dictating games.
“I saw Brighton go there the other week and come away and should have won. They need defenders now, people who can defend.
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"They should be looking at the lads at Brighton, start looking at them players, when the ball comes in they’re going to head it out, kick it out, they put it in the stands. They need defenders.
"I used to think four or five years ago if there was a real good defender at Wolves or Brighton or places like that I used to think, ‘I’m not sure about that. Arsenal don’t play on the edge of the box. They play on the halfway line’.
"Not no more, Arsenal don’t play on the halfway line anymore. It’s very rare you see them that high, they play quite deep now.”
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