Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk have no plans of selling reported Arsenal target Manor Solomon this month or in the summer, according to Sport1.
Arsenal are on the lookout for a creative attacker. Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates, but the Canaries’ massive asking price makes it difficult for us.
Edu and Mikel Arteta are looking at alternatives and Solomon is reportedly on the list. (The Guardian) The 21-year-old has scored five goals this season and everyone in Isreal is really optimistic about his future.
However, Arsenal will have to go above and beyond to get him. The report claims that Shakhtar are looking for a fee as high as £53 million to part ways with their star winger.
An Italian club has already had a £31 million bid rejected for the Israeli international, which shows that Shakhtar will do everything they can to retain his services.
Solomon has caught many people’s eye with his performances in the Champions League. The Guardian labelled him as the man who ‘downed Real Madrid’ after he scored against the Galacticos, but is he really worth all the hype?
Arsenal Insider’s view:
Solomon is a fantastic talent, there is no doubt about that. He can play on both flanks and as a number 10, and he has been brilliant in all three positions this season.
However, the winger has no experience in a top European league. He is still only 21 and it would be a huge risk to fork out £50 million on him this month or in the summer.
Arsenal will likely get Buendia for a lot less. The Argentine proved his quality in the Premier League last season. He would be a much more reliable option than Solomon, and Edu should pick him over the Shakhtar Donetsk star.