Ornstein on player Arsenal ‘really like’ but January deal wasn’t realistic
Reputable journalist David Ornstein has revealed why the Gunners were never likely to make a move to sign Mykola Matviyenko in the January transfer window, despite all of the speculation that suggested otherwise.
As usual, Arsenal were linked with a host of players during the winter transfer window, especially after a worrying start to the season which had seen the team find wins in the Premier League very hard to come by.
New Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s worries were made worse by a serious knee injury for Calum Chambers, a player who was enjoying his best spell in the first team since his move to the club in the summer of 2014.
As a result of Arsenal’s need for a new centre-back, the Gunners were linked with a move to sign Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk, as per Football.London.
However, in response to a fan’s question about the Ukranian star’s transfer rumours, David Ornstein has revealed that Matviyenko’s price was too high even though Arsenal were actually admirers of the defender.
Nope, Arsenal really like him as a ball-playing left centre-back who can also operate at left-back – but Shakhtar wanted a permanent deal at €30m so it was never realistic in this window
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 31, 2020