Chelsea ‘reach agreement’ with Shakhtar over Mudryk despite Arsenal ‘priority’
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Chelsea have hijacked Arsenal's bid for Mykhailo Mudryk after agreeing a £88m deal for the Shakhtar winger.
The Blues sent representatives, including director of global talent and transfers Ben Winstanley and a senior board member, to Turkey this week to try and tie up a deal for the 22-year-old and have acted fast to steal a march on the Gunners, who have been in negotiations with the Ukrainian club since December.
It's understood Chelsea will pay £62m up front, with a further £35m in add-ons. Personal terms have also been agreed on a seven-and-a-half contract.
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Mudryk is understood to have preferred a move to Arsenal but the Gunners indicated to Shakhtar that they weren't prepared to match Chelsea's bid if it was higher than what they were initially prepared to pay, leaving Graham Potter's side in pole position.
It comes just a few days after Chelsea confirmed that both Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic are facing lengthy spells on the treatment table, joining the likes of N'Golo Kante, Reece James, Wesley Fofana and Ben Chilwell on the club's remarkable injury list.
Joao Felix was brought in on loan earlier this week, but won't feature again until mid-February after being sent off on his debut against Fulham.
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Reaction to the news on social media was mixed, with many Chelsea supporters questioning why the club were spending big on a forward when the team could really use midfield and defensive reinforcements.
"So we're prepared to spend £90m on Murdryk, but not on Enzo Fernandez? This club man," one Blues fans tweeted.
A second wrote: "If spending this money means we can't get Fernandez or Caicedo then I don't know what to do anymore. Our midfield needs fixing way more than we need another winger."
Others however saw it as the perfect tonic to their recent troubles.
"Mudryk is just the sort of player we need. One for the future but he can definitely make a difference right away," said one supporter.
"Arsenal are literally about to win the title and we can still nick players off them. Love it," commented another.
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