Arsenal are monitoring Shakhtar Donetsk’s Manor Solomon as they consider a move for his services in the summer, according to The Guardian.
Solomon is a winger, 21, and his excellent performances in the Champions League this season, as well as the previous one, have been attracting attention across Europe. In all competitions, he has played 17 games this term so far, scoring five goals and adding an assist to his name as well. He plays mostly on the left, though he’s fully capable of performing on the right, as well as through the middle as a number 10 – a highly talented player who uses both feet in equal measure.
Solomon took his first football steps with Maccabi Petah Tikva in Israel, where he went through the academy ranks and broke into the first team in 2016. He moved to Shakhtar three years later, for a reported fee of €6 million (around £5.4m). He has so far represented Israel at senior level on 14 occasions, scoring once.
As for the January transfer window, Arsenal apparently do not have significant funds to invest in new signings unless they make significant sales first, and given that his contract doesn’t expire before the end of the 2022-23 season, Solomon’s signature isn’t expected to come cheap. The Gunners have, however, contacted his representatives to see if he would be interested in a move to north London, and it’s obviously believed that the response they got was a positive one, given that their interest in his services hasn’t gone away. They’re now considering a deal to bring him in ahead of the pre-season in the summer.
Arsenal have gone through a much-needed upturn in form recently, linking four wins in the Premier League and the FA Cup, but manager Mikel Arteta remains keen to freshen up his squad at the end of the campaign.