Opinion: Arsenal should not blame United for Mudryk fee with Antony coup, made same error in 2019
In our view, Arsenal should not be so quick to point the finger at Manchester United for forking out £86 million (Sky Sports) to sign Antony, which has raised the price for target Mykhaylo Mudryk, as they spent a ridiculous £72 million (Sky Sports) to sign Nicolas Pepe back in 2019.
The Mykhaylo Mudryk & Antony connection
Shakhtar Donestk director, Carlo Nicolini told CalcioNapoli24 that since the club rate Mudryk higher than Manchester United winger, Antony, Arsenal will have to pay a higher fee to sign the 21-year-old.
After all, the Daily Mail had recently claimed that a second bid worth £62 million was rejected by Shakhtar from the Gunners for the wonderkid
Why Arsenal should blame themselves and not Manchester United, made the same error with Nicolas Pepe in 2019
However, it’s key to note that Arsenal broke their club-record to sign Nicolas Pele in 2019, which negates Manchester United of any blame for breaking the bank for Antony.
While Pepe did look like a serious talent for Lille in Ligue 1, he was still a rather unproven commodity in European football.
Yet, a frugal Arsenal at the time inflated the market for wingers themselves by signing the Ivorian, which is why a certain Mudryk is priced £16 million higher than their current loanee, while not even operating in a top 5 league in Europe.
As for Antony, at least he has made a name for himself in the Champions League for Ajax, whether one agrees with the fee shelled out by Manchester United or not.
Before any comparison begins between Mudryk and Antony, the point at hand is that Arsenal made the same mistake Man United may well have made, but 3 years ago.
As a result, the blame lies at their door and not at that of Manchester United for Shakhtar Donetsk demanding a staggering fee for Mykhaylo Mudryk.
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