By Pranav Shahaney

15th Sep, 2022 | 8:40pm

Darijo Srna confirms Shakhtar Donetsk received a £26.1million bid from Everton for Mykhaylo Mudryk in the summer transfer window.

The director of football also claimed that it was turned down as the president wanted the Ukraine international to play in the Champions League and win the league title.

However, a permanent exit has not been ruled out by Srna who says that the right money and respect for the president could see Mudryk leaving the club.

He told CBS Sports, “We received an offer of €30 million [from Everton]. And when our president doesn’t sell a player for €30million, especially in such difficult times, he is sending a message to everyone that he wants to progress in the Champions League and to win the championship.

“Mudryk is a serious talent. After Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Jr, he’s the best player in Europe in his position. If someone wants to buy Mudryk they must spend a lot, a lot, a lot of money and respect our club and our president.”

January bid?

If Donetsk get knocked out of the Champions League, there’s a good chance that the player would want to leave in January.

This opens the door for Everton to return to the fold and make an offer in the same region as six months will have passed and he still will not have signed a new deal.

It may come down to the player then as the club may be powerless to hold on to him, given the growing interest in his services.

Rather than playing in a competition with such limited viewership, he would have more eyeballs in the Premier League and the chance to get a move to an even bigger club if Everton do not meet his expectations in a few years.

If we were Kevin Thelwell, this is a January transfer we would sanction all days of the week as he would arguably be the club’s best attacker.

For that price, he’s not even that expensive and will only get better.

If not Mudryk, the Toffees will certainly look to sign Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus who has appeared on their radar for January as well.