Chelsea pulled all stops to beat Arsenal to a deal for Mykhaylo Mudryk – including a blockbuster double-your-money contract offer, has been revealed
It has been revealed that Chelsea have doubled down on Arsenal’s contract bid to beat their London rivals in a blockbuster deal for Mykhaylo Mudryk.
The Gunners appear to be in pole position to complete a deal for Mudryk, 22, who has been identified as Mikel Arteta’s top January transfer target even before the winter window opens.
However, while Arsenal attempted to reach a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk on a third request on Friday, Chelsea snuck in to snare the sought-after striker.
The Blues, who have since reveled in Arsenal’s fee on social media, sent in their director of talent and global transfers, Ben Winstanley, to finalize a deal with the Ukrainian giants, who will receive an initial fee of €70m (£62m) in assets. what they cost, with a possible additional €30m (£25m) in performance-related add-ons and bonuses.
The Independent have now outlined that, as well as eyeing their rivals over a transfer fee, Chelsea have told Mudryk they will double the amount Arsenal are prepared to pay the winger, who will now pocket over £100,000 per week after playing. pen on paper with a lucrative eight and a half year contract.
Mudryk, who has played just 65 of the club’s career matches to date, was named Shakhtar’s player of the year on Saturday; it was almost 24 hours before his big-money move to Stamford Bridge was officially confirmed.
In response to the move, Mudryk, who has given several hints on social media that he wants to join Arsenal, said: “I am very happy to be joining Chelsea.
“This is a big club, in a fantastic league and it’s a really exciting 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.”
Blues co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali also reacted to the move, which was confirmed amid Sunday’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace. They told the official Chelsea website: “We are delighted to welcome Mykhailo to Chelsea.
“He is a very exciting talent who we believe will be a great addition to our squad now and in the years to come. He will add depth to our attack and we know he will receive a very warm welcome in London.”
Boehly and Eghbali had agreed moves for Benoit Badiashile, David Fofana and Andrey Santos in the January window, while adding loan signing Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid.
After impressing on his debut, Felix was sent off in Thursday’s 3-1 defeat at Fulham: a result which left Chelsea 19 points adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal and have played a game more.