Chelsea spend 100 million to sign Mykhailo Mudryk under the nose and beard of Arsenal

Cheslea is having a totally crazy transfer window this winter. Thus, after paying an absolutely crazy sum (21 million euros) to loan the Portuguese striker from Atlético de Madrid Joao Felix, the new shareholder of the club slammed no less than 100 million euros to pay for the young Ukrainian nugget Mykhailo Mudryk. The player signed an eight-and-a-half-year contract with the Blues from Shakhtar Donetsk, announced the London team.

“The clubs have agreed on the details of the transfer: Shakhtar will receive 70 million euros for the player and 30 million euros in bonuses are envisaged”, explained, for its part, the Ukrainian club, on its website. The 22-year-old, who impressed in the Champions League this fall, has long been rather advertised on the side of Arsenal, Chelsea’s London rivals.

Arsenal are overtaken on the wire

On Friday again, the Gunners seemed on the verge of reaching an agreement with Shakhtar, after having balked at the amount claimed by the Ukrainian club and tried to obtain a spreading payment. chelsea was much more direct, agreeing to pay the asking price and a meeting on Saturday between Shakhtar chairman Rinat Akhmetov and Chelsea co-owner Behdad Eghbali was enough to strike an agreement, before the player broke down. he also agrees with the Blues.

“I am so happy to sign for Chelsea. It’s a huge club a fantastic championship and a very attractive project for me at this stage of my career,” Mudryk said in the statement. Most often off-centre on the left, although he is right-handed, Mudryk likes to strike in the middle, which has allowed him to be directly involved in 18 goals in 18 games this season, including three goals and two assists in C1.

Chelsea does not know the crisis

“We are delighted to welcome Mykhailo to Chelsea. He is an extremely promising talent and we believe he will be a major addition to our team now and for years to come,” explained the club’s co-owners, chairman Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali. Only 10th in the Premier League, and with a squad decimated by injuries, Chelsea are desperate to revive and reinvigorate a listless attack.

Mudryk is already the Blues’ fifth winter signing after the French defender Benoit Badiashile, striker David Datro Fofana, midfielder Andrey Santos and striker Joao Felix. Since last summer, Chelsea’s transfer spending has flirted with 450 million euros.

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