20-year-old talented playmaker could become Arsenal’s third signing after third bid

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Several Premier League clubs are tracking the progress of Ukraine international Mykola Shaparenko. English outfits including Arsenal and Man United have all been keeping tabs on Mykola in recent months. The 20-year-old starlet broke into Dynamo Kyiv’s first team in November 2017 and has caught the eye with several excellent displays since.

He wears Dynamo’s No 10 shirt and operates mostly in attacking position, although he occasionally plays further forward. He played in both legs of Dynamo’s 8-0 aggregate defeat in the Europa League last campaign. Shaparenko also faced England’s Under 21 side in a Euro 2019 qualifier, scoring with a header in a narrow 2-1 defeat by Lions.

Gunners and Red Devils remain interested in acquiring Ukrainian attacker, who has been capped four times at senior international level. West Ham United are also said to be keen on Shaparenko, who is represented by the same agency as current Hammers forward Andriy Yarmolenko.

Should Mykola sign for a PL club during the current summer, he may struggle to obtain a work permit immediately. But that would only be a short-term issue which will disappear once he has played more matches for his country. Arsenal need creative midfielder as Aaron Ramsey joined Juventus and Mesut Ozil had a terrible season.

One solution could be to add Shaparenko this transfer window and loan him out before reapplying for a UK work permit in 12 months. Shaparenko, who is under contract with Kyiv until 2023, has scored six goals and provided four assists in 23 Premier Liga matches in Ukraine.


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