Everton summer transfer target Mykhalo Mudryk has had a €100 million price tag slapped on his head.
Frank Lampard was keen to recruit the forward during the previous transfer window as the Toffees aimed to strengthen their attacking options. However, Shakhtar Donetsk would not sanction an exit for Mudryk.
And this season, the 21-year-old has been in rampant form for the Ukraine outfit. Mudryk has recorded eight goals and eight assists in 16 games. In the Champions League, he impressed against the mighty Real Madrid, scored home and away against Celtic and netted against RB Leipzig.
That's led to Mudryk catching the attention of Manchester City, Arsenal, PSG and Newcastle. And a potential move to Everton can now seemingly be written off, with Shakhtar explaining why they value him so highly.
Director of football Dario Srna told The Athletic: “If somebody wants to buy Mudryk, they must pay huge, huge, huge money. Otherwise, the president of the club (Rinat Akhmetov) will not sell him. All the clubs must respect the President, respect Shakhtar and in the end they must respect Mykhaylo Mudryk, who is one of the best players I saw. The price is so big.
“The market is deciding the price — not me. Antony, [Jack] Grealish, they are players of more than €100m and, for me, Mudryk does not have less quality than them. This is the last two transfers in the past year, in more or less the same positions. Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. We want just respect. The market is deciding the price, not me, it shows which kind of players cost this kind of money.”