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Arsenal are believed to be controlling Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon and could become a close up for the talented 21-year-old at the end of the season.
Solomon made six appearances during the Champions League group stage earlier in the campaign and scored at home and away in Shakhtar’s victories over Real Madrid. He also has three goals and an assist to his name in ten Ukrainian Premier League games.
Solomon, who joined Shakhtar from Israeli club Maccabi Petah Tikva in 2019, has also previously scored in the Champions League against Manchester City and has enjoyed a significant increase in the past 18 months. Most recently, he scored his first international goal for Israel against Scotland.
According to The Guardian, Arsenal have investigated ‘heavily’ the player and have initiated initial talks with his representatives. That could generate more formal interest during the summer.
Given his ability, potential and long-term contract at Shakhtar, Solomon could demand a large transfer fee and the Gunners are seen as unlikely to have the funds for expensive acquisitions for the remainder of the January window.
But the situation is likely to have improved by the end of the campaign (Mesut Ozil’s departure will free up a significant chunk of the salary budget, for example) and Arsenal may be in a better position to continue to review the team and inject fresh blood.
Young players have given the Gunners new life in recent weeks, with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe in particular making big hits. The signing of Kieran Tierney in 2019, who is still 23 years old, is also on the rebound after a difficult debut season in North London.
Arsenal also have Gabriel Martinelli, whose latest injury is not believed to be a serious setback and could see him available by the time the team take on Newcastle on Monday.