Yet very close to signing at Arsenal, Mykhailo Mudryk would have reached an agreement with Chelsea.
Shakhtar Donetsk announced on Saturday to be “very closeof an agreement with Chelsea for the transfer of their young Ukrainian striker Mykhailo Mudryk, 22, who nevertheless seemed on the verge of signing with Arsenal.
“FC Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov and Chelsea co-owner Behdad Eghbali discussed a transfer of Mykhailo Mudryk to Chelsea today (Saturday). The two parties are very close to an agreement“Wrote the Ukrainian club on its Twitter account.
“If an agreement is reached between the two clubs, the Ukrainian international, who can evolve as a winger or a striker, will negotiate the terms of his contract with the Blues with a view to a permanent transfer.“, specified a little later the Londoners in a press release on their website.
According to the English press, Chelsea agreed to pay Shakhtar’s asking price of 100 million euros, including bonuses. Mudryk could commit for seven years after the medical examination which still has to take place.
Arsenal, current leaders of the Premier League, had been working on the file for several weeks but were reluctant to accept the price claimed for a player who has only 65 professional appearances, even if he impressed in the Champions League this autumn.
However, the positions seemed to have come closer on Friday, Mudryk himself posting several photos on Instagram suggesting that he saw himself joining the Emirates, Arsenal’s stadium.
But Chelsea Blues have entered the game. Only 10th in the Premier League, and with a squad decimated by injuries, Chelsea are desperate to revive and reinvigorate a listless attack.
Mudryk, if he signs up, will be the Blues’ fifth winter signing after French defender Benoît Badiashile, striker David Fofana, midfielder Andrey Santos and striker Joao Felix, who arrived on loan from Atlético Madrid until at the end of the season.
Since last summer, Chelsea’s transfer spending has flirted with 340 million euros.