Aston Villa held an interest in signing highly-rated Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon in the summer transfer window, according to the player’s agent.
Arsenal, Roma, Atalanta and Villa were all vying for the Israeli’s signature, the winger’s agent has told Israeli publication Sport5, and it seems like it’s only a matter of time until he leaves Ukraine.
Shakhtar are no strangers to dealing with Premier League and elite European clubs for their prized assets over the years and rarely will they stand in a player’s way when bids arrive.
In recent years, Fred, Fernandinho, Douglas Costa, Willian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and more have bid farewell to the perennial Ukrainian champions. Solomon, a 22-year-old winger, could be in the next cab off the rank.
However, Sport Arena in Ukraine claimed Arsenal made a £17 million bid for Solomon in the summer transfer window.
“Shakhtar refused (offers from) anyone who approached them (during the summer),” Shlomy Ben Ezra, the youngster’s agent, told Sport5.
“January is another starting point because there’s another transfer window but it depends on the team’s results in the Champions League. In the end, (a move away) will happen.”
Solomon produced 11 goals in all competitions as Shakthar won another domestic title last season and, despite a slow start to the current campaign, his representative feels a big-money move isn’t a million miles away.
Speaking to One, former Chelsea boss Avram Grant confessed his belief Solomon would end up in the Premier League eventually.
“Sure! There are no players like him who can easily dribble past players. He’s getting better all the time, he’s a professional guy,” Grant said.