Chelsea confirm £88m signing of Mykhailo Mudryk ahead of Arsenal


Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk as they continue another transfer window of huge spending.

The 22-year-old was Arsenal’s top target and looked increasingly likely to join the Gunners, making it clear on more than one occasion that he was keen on the move.

But Chelsea hijacked the deal on Saturday after flying out to Shakhtar Donetsk’s training camp in Poland, and have now officially announced the £89million signing.

The Blues will pay £62m up front and a further £27m in add-ons, making Mudryk their fifth January signing. Benoit Badiashile, Andrey Santos and David Datro Fofana have all arrived on permanent deals, while Joao Felix has joined the club on loan for the rest of the season.

“I’m so happy to sign for Chelsea,” Mudryk told the club’s official website

“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.

”Mudryk has signed an eight-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge, with Todd Boehly once again keen to tie players down to long-term deals.

After completing his medical this morning, Mudryk was in attendance at Stamford Bridge to watch his new team-mates face Crystal Palace

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