Shakhtar Donetsk’s €20m full-back already on Arsenal’s radar ahead of summer move
After failing to sign a right-back during the January transfer window, Arsenal is once again linked with one. They see Dodô, a full-back for Shakhtar Donetsk, as a capable rival for the right-back position, alongside summer signing and fan favorite Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The 23-year-old is ‘constantly sought after by the Gunners,’ according to UOL in Brazil.
For the sale of the Brazilian, Shakhtar is said to be demanding at least €20 million.
Despite the fact that several European and Brazilian clubs have expressed interest in the right-back, he has yet to make a decision about his future. As a result of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the Ukrainian side has been willing to let some of its players leave, with Maycon and Tete joining Corinthians and Lyon on loan, respectively.
Despite the fact that he was wanted at the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich made a failed bid for him last year. Tottenham had a bid rejected for him in the summer before signing former Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal, and Serie A giants Inter Milan expressed interest in the Brazilian before signing PSV’s Denzel Dumfries.
Real Madrid is one of Dodo’s most recent admirers, and the club is looking to bolster their right-back options ahead of the 2022/23 season, following Dani Carvajal’s dreadful performance in the Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
After several failed attempts to persuade him to leave Shakhtar, he was asked in an interview if he would consider joining Real Madrid. “It is one of the biggest clubs in the world,” Dodo told the Pledge Times, “and I am sure that all athletes dream of one day playing for Real Madrid.” I am enjoying my time at Shakhtar and am looking forward to a successful season with the club. To plan for the future, I believe you must think about doing a good job in the present.”
Dodo has four assists in 14 league appearances for Shakhtar so far this season. His massive attacking threats could be linked to his previous role as a forward in Brazil, where he began his football career.
He prefers to play down the wing in the attacking zone of the field rather than waiting for the ball in the defensive zone.
The constant influx of players leaving Ukraine, particularly since FIFA allowed players to leave their clubs on loan or permanently if they so desired, has given Arsenal the opportunity to sign their man this summer.
Nonetheless, he is not in a hurry to leave, and this, combined with Shakhtar’s €20 million demands before beginning negotiations with any club, is currently putting the brakes on things.