Brighton make improved offer of £14m for Mykola Matviyenko

Brighton make improved offer of £14m for Shakhtar Donetsk centre-back Mykola Matviyenko after having their first bid rejected… with the Ukrainian club demanding £20m

  • Brighton have held talks with Shakhtar Donestk for defender Mykola Matviyenko 
  • They made a first bid of £10m which was then rejected by the Ukrainian club
  • The Seagulls have now made a £14m though Shakhtar are hoping for £20m 

Brighton have made an improved offer of £14million for Shakhtar Donetsk centre-back Mykola Matviyenko.

As previously reported, the Seagulls had previously seen a £10m bid rejected by the Ukrainian club. 

The south coast club have been in talks with their Ukrainian counterparts in recent days, though so far they have fallen short of Shakhtar’s £20m valuation. 

Brighton have made an improved £14m offer for Mykola Matviyenko from Shakhtar Donetsk 

Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi is keen to bring in defensive reinforcements this month

Matviyenko was an ever-present at the heart of the Shakhtar defence before Christmas, playing every minute of the side’s Champions League campaign.

He has made 150 appearances for the club, and also has 54 caps to his name at international level.

Brighton are keen to add cover in defence after losing Levi Colwill to injury last week.

The promising centre-back is expected be out for up to six weeks with a muscle problem.

Brighton are currently without on loan Levi Colwill, who is sidelined with a muscle problem

Shakhtar have already done business with a Premier League club this month after they sold winger Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea.

With Arsenal also showing interest in Mudryk, the Ukrainian outfit held firm and eventually got the fee they wanted before allowing the 22-year-old to leave for £88m.

They also appear to be in a strong position when it comes to negotiating a fee for Matviyenko, who still has over two years left on his current deal. 

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