Chelsea complete £88m signing of Mykhailo Mudryk

Chelsea complete signing of Mykhailo Mudryk in huge £88m deal on a EIGHT-AND-A-HALF year contract from Shakhtar Donetsk after hijacking Arsenal’s move for the 22-year-old highly-rated Ukrainian winger

  • Chelsea have completed the £88m signing of winger Mykhailo Mudryk
  • He was previously at Shakhtar Donetsk, and was a youth player there since 2016 
  • Arsenal had looked to be the front runners before Chelsea hijacked their deal 
  • Gunners offered £80m to secure what would have been a club record move
  • Piers Morgan led the outrage from Arsenal fans annoyed at missing out 

Chelsea have completed a stunning £88million move for Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk on a massive eight-and-a-half-year deal. 

The west London club beat Arsenal at the 11th hour to the transfer, with their deal preferable to the Ukrainian club both in terms of the outlay and the way it was structured. 

Having led 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 his signature by Chelsea. Mudryk was paraded on the pitch at half time of Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace and watched the game from a box in the stands. 

Mykhailo Mudryk has signed for Chelsea on a massive eight-and-a-half-year deal

The new man was paraded on the pitch and applauded supporters at Stamford Bridge

Mykhailo Mudryk has completed his £88m move to Chelsea from Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk 

‘I’m so happy to sign for Chelsea,’ 22-year-old Mudryk told the club website after completing his move.

‘This is a huge club, in a fantastic league and it is a very attractive project for me at this stage of my career. I’m excited to meet my new team-mates and I’m looking forward to working and learning under Graham Potter and his staff.’

Todd Boehly, Chelsea chairman, and Behdad Eghbali, co-controlling owner, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Mykhailo to Chelsea. He’s a hugely exciting talent who we believe will be a terrific addition to our squad both now and in the years to come. He will add further depth to our attack and we know he’ll get a very warm welcome to London.’ 

As Arsenal continued to negotiate over the structure of their offer for the Ukraine winger, a Chelsea delegation, including co-owner Eghbali and director of global talent Paul Winstanley, flew to Belek in Turkey, where Shakhtar are based, to tip the deal in their favour.

Mudryk will bring plenty of pace and flair to the Chelsea attack in need of a lift 

Graham Potter’s Chelsea have been on poor form and will hope Mudryk can make an impact

Premier League leaders Arsenal had made their third proposal of £62m plus £20m in potential add-ons on Thursday and had maintained dialogue since over the structure of the fee. Yet Chelsea countered on Friday with £62m and a further £26m in add-ons. 

Mudryk becomes Chelsea’s fifth signing this January, joining David Datro Fofana, Joao Felix, Benoit Badiashile and Andrey Santos through the door. 

He was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates over the summer, and in September, it was reported that Mudryk was interested in moving to Arsenal. After a Champions League match for the Ukrainian club, Mudryk said: ‘I think every guy dreams about the Premier League.’

The winger is one of Europe’s most exciting young players and is a major signing for the Blues

Mudryk has been at Shakhtar Donetsk since 2016, and was twice named player of the year

His arrival comes as Graham Potter looks to arrest Chelsea’s sharp decline in form and results. They are on a run of three consecutive defeats, sitting some 10 points outside of the top four places and a further 19 off the summit.

Mudryk made clear his own interest in Arsenal, including wearing a Gunners shirt on his Instagram story. 

He previously called the 40-year-old Arteta a ‘top coach’ on New Year’s Eve when he was in the opposing dug-out to Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi, who used to take charge of Shakhtar. 

Before that Premier League clash, De Zerbi called Mudryk ‘a future Ballon d’Or winner’ if he was confirmed as an Arsenal player. 

Todd Boehly has sought to revamp Chelsea’s squad this January with youthful additions 

The £88million fee will lead to a high level of expectation placed on Mudryk from fans

As it is, Mudryk will line up for Chelsea for the second part of the season having jetted into London to complete the deal. 

Mudryk was born in Krashnohrad, Ukraine, on January 5, 2001, and he was part of the youth set-up at Shakhtar Donetsk from 2016, making his first senior appearance for the club two years later.

The 5ft 9in winger also had previous short-term loan spells 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 8 appearances for the Ukraine national side so far, since earning his first cap in May 2022.  

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