Agent explains why striker did not end up at Arsenal after £ 17million offer
It is only a matter of time before Manor Solomon leaves Shakhtar Donetsk amid interest from Roma, Atalanta, Arsenal and Aston Villa, the official said. winger at Israeli publication Sport5.
When receiving offers for star players, it’s not often that the Shakhtar is willing to stand in their way.
In recent years, Fred, Fernandinho, Douglas Costa, Willian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Elano and others have bid farewell to eternal Ukrainian champions. Solomon, a 22-year-old quicksilver winger, could be in the next cab out of line.
Sport Arena in Ukraine have claimed Arsenal made a £ 17million offer for Solomon in the summer transfer window.
Top-level rivals Aston Villa were also said to have been interested at the time before opting for the safer option of Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey.
Could Manor Solomon still end up at Arsenal or Aston Villa?
Solomon has scored 11 goals in all competitions as Shakthar won another national title last season and, despite a slow start to the current campaign, his representative reckons that a big shot is not a million kilometers away. .
“The Shakhtar refused (the offers of) anyone who approached him (during the summer),” explains Shlomy Ben Ezra, the youth’s agent.
“January is another starting point because there is another transfer window but it depends on the team’s results in the Champions League. In the end, (an estrangement) will occur.
Reading between the lines, it looks like Shakhtar will be looking to retain Salomon’s services if he still plays Champions League football in the spring.
Given they lost 2-0 to Moldovan minnows FK Sheriff on Matchday 1 – and with Inter Milan and Real Madrid yet to come in the group stage – the prospect of a Bayern Munich, Chelsea or PSG arriving in Ukraine in the spring seems fanciful.
Speaking to One today, former Stamford Bridge boss Avram Grant confessed his belief Salomon would eventually end up in the Premier League.
“Sure! There are no players like him who can easily dribble past players. He’s improving all the time, he’s a professional guy,” Grant said.
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