Arsenal have been linked with a move for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Manor Solomon.
Amid endless talk of players leaving Arsenal, some having already said their temporary goodbyes, speculation about who may be making their way to north London is taking place.
The creative midfield role is the one on everyone’s lips, not least since the future of Mesut Ozil draws nearer its conclusion. Links to players who fit this mould have popped up in all corners of the continent, with the latest coming from the far eastern reaches of Europe.
While Arsenal supporters haven’t been able to enjoy the Champions League for quite some time, those who’ve tuned in will have caught a glimpse of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Manor Solomon.
The Israeli only joined the Ukrainian side in January of 2019, but has made a fine impression in his 59 club outings to date. Above all, he was one of the standout performers as Shakhtar stunned Real Madrid on the opening round of group stage fixtures. His goal on the night was the pick of the bunch.
Arsenal journalist Layth Yousif of Online Gooner first broke the story back in mid-December, revealing that the Gunners were joined by Leeds in chasing the 21-year-old. Solomon may already have been in the Premier League were it not for a deal with Manchester City to break down in 2017, a move that collapsed after previous side Maccabi Petah Tikva doubled his value.
Shakhtar have already rejected a €20m bid from Atalanta as interest mounts up. The latest update comes courtesy of Ukrainian journalist Artem Frankov, who states that the reason for Mykhaylo Mudryk being recalled from his loan spell at Desna Chernihiv is to account for Solomon moving to Arsenal.
Reach for the cupboard at this point and pick out the salt, as you may need some. While no speculation can be immediately disregarded, it’s a bit early to jump to conclusions.
Who is Solomon though, and how much will he cost?