Mykhailo Mudryk, a brilliant winger for Shakhtar Donetsk, has completed the sweepstakes and officially signed with Chelsea, the club said on Sunday. According to The Athletic, the Blues’ offer increased to €100 million, outbidding rival Arsenal, whose last offer peaked at €95 million with add-ons. In Chelsea’s contract, there are €30 million in add-ons and €70 million in upfront payments.
Darijo Srna, the director of Shakhtar, had been insistent that the club would obtain what they believed to be a fair price for the 22-year-old winger, and they were successful in doing so.
Murdyk was introduced to the crowd at halftime of Chelsea’s match against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Given his eight and a half-year contract, it is clear how highly Chelsea values Murdyk’s potential.
After completing his transfer, Mudryk exclaimed, “I’m really thrilled to join for Chelsea.” “At this point in my career, this is a really alluring challenge for me because it is a huge club in an amazing league. I’m looking forward to working with Graham Potter and his team and getting to know my new coworkers.”
Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Raheem Sterling, N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic, Wesley Fofana, Edouard Mendy, and other other Blues players are now injured due to the team’s injury problems this season. Without James, the attack has been lacking, and Joao Felix, a new loanee who made his debut against Fulham, has already accrued a three-match suspension. Chelsea is a team where finishing outside of the Champions League is unacceptable, but with the club stuck in 10th place, severe action is required.
Although Potter is receiving significant financial support and this signing undoubtedly makes a statement, he must also repay the favor by improving Chelsea’s season. In the Ukrainian Premier League, Mudryk has contributed to seven goals himself and seven others while also excelling in Champions League competition. When Sterling is healthy, Murdyk may either start on the wing alongside Kai Havertz and Felix due to Potter’s versatile front three or serve as an important change-of-pace option off the bench.
To go back to where they want to be, Chelsea will still need to sign more midfielders, but if they can outscore their opponents, who needs defense?