UPDATE: Chelsea have confirmed the same now as well. “Close”. I guess we do this now.
Chelsea seem to have gazumped Arsenal rather hilariously for the signature of 22-year-old Mykhaylo Mudryk, who’s on his way to London to wear blue rather than red.
After setting Twitter afire with various reports, the transfer has been just about confirmed now by Shakhtar themselves. As per their official tweet, discussions were held with Chelsea co-owner Behdad Eghbali and we are now “very close” on a transfer. It’d be a strange tweet to put out if the transfer weren’t practically agreed.
Easy to get de-sensatised to the figures but it will be Chelsea's 2nd biggest signing of all-time, 3rd biggest in Premier League history and takes Chelsea close to £400m spent in the season (world record sum).— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 14, 2023
UEFA have Chelsea on a watch list but they aren't worried about it.
There had been some doubt about Mudryk choosing Chelsea over Arsenal, with everything seeming to indicate that he’s got his heart set on the latter, but it would appear that he has seen the light after all. The 22-year-old is expected to undergo a medical shortly and sign terms on a long-term contract, which may be 7 or perhaps even 8 years long (reports differ).
Mudryk is undoubtedly a talented young player, but excitement’s a bit tempered by his massive transfer fee and the squad’s massive need for help elsewhere first, namely midfield and wing-back depth. That’s no knock on him of course, and hopefully those other areas get addressed soon as well.
FC Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov and Chelsea co-owner Behdad Eghbali discussed Mykhailo Mudryk’s transfer to Chelsea FC today.— FC SHAKHTAR ENGLISH (@FCShakhtar_eng) January 14, 2023
Parties are very close to agree on player’s transfer to the club.#Shakhtar pic.twitter.com/IoHOaFRfn5