Chelsea complete the signing of Mykhailo Mudryk in a huge £88million deal on an EIGHT-HALF year deal from Shakhtar Donetsk after hijacking Arsenal’s move for the highly-rated Ukraine winger, 22
Chelsea have completed an impressive £88million move for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhailo Mudryk on a massive eight-and-a-half-year deal.
The west London club beat Arsenal in the 11th hour after the transfer, with their deal being preferable to the Ukrainian club in terms of both spending and the way it was structured.
After leading the race for months – with the player making little secret of his desire to join Arsenal on social media – the Premier League leaders were beaten to the point of signing by Chelsea.
Mykhailo Mudryk has completed his £88m move from Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk to Chelsea
Todd Boehly has attempted to refresh Chelsea’s squad with youthful additions this January
“I’m so happy to sign for Chelsea,” Mudryk told the club’s website after completing his move.
“This is a huge club in a fantastic league and a very attractive project for me at this stage of my career. I look forward to meeting my new teammates and I look forward to working and learning under Graham Potter and his staff.’
Todd Boehly, Chelsea chairman, and Behdad Eghbali, co-owner, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mykhailo to Chelsea. He is an extremely exciting talent who we believe will be a great addition to our squad both now and for years to come. He will add depth to our attack and we know he will be very welcome in London.’
As Arsenal continued to negotiate the structure of their bid for the Ukraine winger, a Chelsea delegation including co-owner Behdad Eghbali and director of global talent Paul Winstanley flew to Belek in Turkey, where Shakhtar is based, to present their deal Favor.
Premier League leaders Arsenal made their third proposal of £62m plus £20m in possible add-ons on Thursday and have been in dialogue on the structure of the fee ever since. But Chelsea countered on Friday with £62m and a further £26m in add-ons.
Mudryk becomes Chelsea’s fifth signing of this January, joining David Datro Fofana, Joao Felix, Benoit Badiashile and Andrey Santos through the door.
He was heavily linked with a summer move to the Emirates and in September it was reported that Mudryk was interested in a move to Arsenal. After a Champions League game for the Ukrainian club, Mudryk said: “I think everyone dreams of the Premier League.”
Graham Potter is under pressure and hopes Mudryk can provide a boost
The winger is one of Europe’s most exciting youngsters and a key signing for the Blues
Mudryk has been at Shakhtar Donetsk since 2016 and has twice won Player of the Year
His arrival comes as Graham Potter tries to stem Chelsea’s sharp decline in form and results. They are on a streak of three straight losses and are about 10 points off the top four and another 19 off the summit.
Mudryk made his own interest in Arsenal clear, including wearing a Gunners shirt on his Instagram story.
He had previously described Arteta, 40, as a “top coach” on New Year’s Eve when he was in the opposing dugout for Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi, who used to coach Shakhtar.
Ahead of that Premier League clash, De Zerbi called Mudryk “a future Ballon d’Or winner” if confirmed as an Arsenal player.
The £88million fee will leave fans with high expectations for Mudryk
It looks like Mudryk will start for Chelsea for the second part of the season after flying to London to finalize the deal.
Born on 5 January 2001 in Krashnohrad, Ukraine, Mudryk was part of Shakhtar Donetsk youth team from 2016, where he made his first senior appearance for the club two years later.
The 5ft 9in winger was briefly on loan at Arsenal Kyiv and Desna Chernihiv in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
He was named Shakhtar’s player of the year twice in a row, in 2021 and 2022.
The winger has made eight appearances for the Ukraine national team since earning his first cap in May 2022.
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