Mykhaylo Mudryk, a forward for Shakhtar Donetsk, has been officially signed by Chelsea for a reported fee of over £88 million plus add-ons. Over the previous six months, the 22-year-old had a strong chance of moving to Arsenal, but he will now wear Chelsea blue.
After Chelsea and Shakhtar reach an agreement on a deal, Mudryk will join on an eight-and-a-half-year contract. The initial £62 million payment will be followed by £26 million in add-ons. This month, the Ukrainian opens the door for Joao Felix, Andrey Santos, Benoit Badiashile, and David Datro Fofana.
The winger exclaimed, "I'm really excited to join Chelsea." "At this point in my career, working on a project with such a huge club in such a great league is really appealing to me." "I'm looking forward to working with and learning from Graham Potter and his colleagues, as well as meeting my new team members.
Mikel Arteta's January intentions at Arsenal are derailed by Mudryk's transfer to Stamford Bridge after the Gunners spent the majority of the transfer window in talks with Shakhtar themselves. Technical director Edu gave the striker top priority in an effort to improve Arteta's team's attacking alternatives.
Arsenal reportedly made two offers for the Shakhtar attacker, but neither offer came close to what Arsenal thought Mudryk was worth. After a few hours, news broke that Chelsea had reached a deal with the Ukrainian team and would announce the arrival of the forward during their Premier League match against Crystal Palace.
Oleksandr Zinchenko is a player who would have been delighted to see Mudryk at the Emirates Stadium. While Mudryk's wife conducted an interview with him, the left-back for Arsenal was playing alongside the forward for the Ukraine national team as Mudryk made several allusions to joining Arsenal.
Before the game, there was confusion over Zinchenko's apparent unfollowing of his now-Chelsea teammate on Instagram after the transfer. The former teammate had vanished from Zinchenko's profile's list of followed accounts.
Zinchenko, though, put on an outstanding performance in the Gunners' 2-0 win over Tottenham on Sunday night, displaying no symptoms of disappointment. The 26-year-old kept Dejan Kulusevski quiet the entire time as one of Arteta's many impressive players against their local rivals.
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