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Arsenal open initial talks for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon

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Arsenal is believed to be keeping an eye on Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon and could make an approach for the talented 21-year-old at the end of the season.

Solomon made six appearances in 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 one assist to his name in ten Ukrainian Premier League games.

Solomon, who joined Shakhtar from Israeli club Maccabi Petah Tikva in 2019, has also already scored in the Champions League against Manchester City and has seen a significant increase over the past 18 months. Most recently, he scored his first international goal for Israel against Scotland.

According to The Guardian, Arsenal “heavily” spotted the player and started initial talks with his representatives. This could then lead to more formal interest during the summer.

Manoir Salomon, Ferland Mendy
Solomon has scored twice against Real Madrid this season | Denis Doyle / Getty Images

Given his abilities, potential and long-term contract at Shakhtar, Solomon could charge a significant transfer fee and the Gunners are seen as unlikely to have the funds for expensive acquisitions during the remainder of the window of the year. January.

But the situation should 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 overhaul the squad and inject more money. fresh blood.

The young players have given the Gunners new life in recent weeks as it stands, with Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe in particular having major impacts. 2019 signing Kieran Tierney, himself still 23, is also finding his marks after a difficult first season in north London.

Mikel Arteta
Arsenal expected to have more funds this summer | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Arsenal also have Gabriel Martinelli, whose latest injury is not seen as a serious setback and could see him available when the team take on Newcastle on Monday.

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