Arsenal’s hunt for defensive reinforcements has reached Ukraine with the agent of Shakhtar Donetsk’s defender Mykola Matviyenko claiming the gunners have made contact about a possible January deal.
The 23-year-old, who has won 20 caps for Ukraine, has also liked several Instagram images about a potential move to Arsenal and appeared to offer an endorsement to his agent’s comments by liking a post that included them.
A season-ending knee injury to Calum Chambers earlier this month initially prompted Arsenal to explore the market for potential defensive reinforcements.
The Gunners were linked with Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng but doubts over his injury record and struggles for form in recent years have held them back from moving for the 31-year-old.
Instead, Arsenal have focused on a move for Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa. The France international is out of contract in the summer and so far the Gunners’ talks have been with the player’s representatives rather than the club, who could demand a transfer fee to complete the deal this month.