Premier League outfit Chelsea are reportedly ‘very close’ to the acquisition of Mykhaylo Mudryk from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, thus scuppering a planned move by fellow London giants Arsenal.
The Blues heirarchy had jetted out to Poland to hold talks with Shakhtar, and now look set to hijack the Gunners’ proposed move for the Ukraine international. Arsenal had made an offer believed to be worth £84m (€100m) including add-ons.
The Athletic claims that Mudryk is open to joining Chelsea, despite having repeatedly hinted throughout the January window that he wants to join London rivals Arsenal. It was widely expected that a move to the Emirates was imminent, and that he might make his debut against Manchester United next Sunday.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reported on Saturday evening that Chelsea have struck an agreement worth £88m pounds with Shakhtar regarding the purchase of Mudryk. It is said they are now trying to convince the player to make the move to West London.
Mudryk has been made aware of Chelsea’s growing interest and it is repotted that he is open to moving to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea’s fee would be a guaranteed amount of between £53m to £62m, with £26.5m to £35m to come in the form of add-ons.