PREMIER - Arsenal joined the race to sign Israeli star
It’s only a matter of time before Manor Solomon leaves Shakhtar Donetsk amid interest from Roma, Atalanta, Arsenal and Aston Villa. When receiving offers for star footballers, it isn’t often the Miners are willing to stand in their way.
In recent years, Fred, Fernandinho, Douglas Costa, Willian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Elano and more have bid farewell to Shakhtar Donetsk. Israeli international, quicksilver, 22-year-old winger, could be in the next cab off the rank. The Gunners made a £17m offer for Solomon in the summer transfer window.
Top-flight rivals Aston Villa were also reported to be interested at the time before opting for the safer option of Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen. Manor produced 11 goals in all tournaments as the Miners won another domestic title last campaign and, despite a slow start to the current season, his representative feels a big-money move isn’t a million miles away.
Reading between the lines, it looks Shakhtar will look to retain the 22-year-old winger’s services if they’re still playing UCL football in the spring. Given they lost 2-0 to Moldovan minnows Sheriff on match-day one, and with Inter Milan and Real Madrid still to come in the group stage, the prospect of a Bayern Munich, Chelsea or PSG arriving in Ukraine come the spring seems fanciful. Former Stamford Bridge manager Avram Grant confessed his belief Manor would end up in the PL eventually.