Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to be sidelined at Manchester United. A successor could come from Ukraine.
WHAT HAPPENED? In the search for a successor to Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United have apparently set their sights on the next player. According to the Sun United have been watching Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk for a long time. However, the 21-year-old is under contract with Donetsk until 2026.
WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND? After his widely acclaimed interview on the TV show Piers Morgan Uncensored Finally, the signs are that the 37-year-old and United are going to separate. At the latest in summer, when his contract expires, the Portuguese should probably break up his tent, but a transfer in winter also seems possible. One way or another, CR7 should no longer have a future as part of Erik ten Hag’s team.
Recently, several names have been linked to the English club to replace Ronaldo, most notably that of Kylian Mbappé. But Victor Osimhen from SSC Napoli was also mentioned again and again. Mudryk, for his part, is already on the list of numerous top clubs, according to The Athletic Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain are also on Shakhtar’s homegrown talent.
Mudryk mostly plays on the wing and would therefore not be a direct replacement for Ronaldo, at least at United. Either way, a transfer should mutate into a financial feat for every club. Club icon Dario Srna, now a director at Donetsk, sees Mudryk in his position worldwide only behind Mbappé and Real Madrid’s Vinícius Júnior. To determine a transfer fee, he took Antony’s transfer as a reference. Antony cost around €100m to join United from Ajax Amsterdam last summer.
A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS: Mudryk has contributed 16 goals in 16 competitive games for Donetsk this season, and he also impressed in the Champions League with three goals and two assists.
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THE TRANSFER HISTORY: Mudryk joined the Donetsk youth team from FC Dnipro as a 15-year-old and worked his way up to the first team. In the meantime it has been awarded twice within Ukraine.