Arsenal agree deal in principle to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk

Arsenal have reportedly agreed to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk
Arsenal have reportedly agreed to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk (Getty Images)

Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk, according to reports in Ukraine.

The Gunners are keen to sign a new centre-back before the end of the January transfer window and are in advanced talks with Flamengo over a move for defender Pablo Mari.

But according to Ukrainian outlet TEAM1, Arsenal have reached an agreement with Shakhtar to sign Matviyenko before the end of the window.

The report claims that Arsenal are now deciding whether to push ahead with a move for Matviyenko or to bring in Mari instead.

Mikel Arteta is said to be behind Arsenal's push to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk
Mikel Arteta is said to be behind Arsenal’s push to sign Mykola Matviyenko (AMA/Getty Images)

Last week, it was reported that Mikel Arteta has played a key role in Arsenal’s move for Matviyenko and recommended the 23-year-old to Manchester City during his time with Pep Guardiola’s side.

Arteta has already seen Matviyenko in action twice this season when Shakhtar played City in the Champions League.

But Arsenal have appeared closer to signing Mari after he arrived in London with the Gunners’ technical director Edu on Saturday.

The Spanish defender completed his medical over the weekend but returned to Brazil on Monday with Arsenal being unable to agree a deal with Flamengo.

The Brazilian club are unhappy after Arsenal changed the terms of the agreement as they switched from a permanent transfer to a loan proposal.

Mari is understood to be keen on joining Arsenal and that has played a key factor in negotiations with Flamengo.

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