Chelsea agree €100 million deal for Mykhailo Mudryk and hijack Arsenal move for winger

Chelsea have reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk to sign Mykhailo Mudryk.

Chelsea representatives, including director of global talent and transfers Paul Winstanley and a senior board member, traveled to Turkey for face-to-face talks with Shakhtar Donetsk, where the Ukrainian club is holding a training camp.

A fixed fee of €70 million (£62 million) has now been agreed, with a further €30 million (£26.5 million) in add-ons. Personal terms have also been agreed between Chelsea and the 22-year-old, with a seven-plus year contract to be signed

Shakhtar’s public stance was that they believe Mudryk is worth €100 million (£88 million) and they have now reached that price.

Mudryk was informed directly by Shakhtar in recent days about Chelsea’s growing interest in his signature. The feeling around the situation is that both Shakhtar and Mudryk are open to getting the deal done.

The quality of the add-ons offered by a potential suitor and the planned speed of payments for Mudryk are a priority for the Ukrainian side.

Later on Saturday, Shakhtar confirmed the details of the possible transfer and meeting in Turkey.

Mudryk stood out in the Champions League group stage with three goals and two assists in his six games.

He was a prime target of Premier League leaders Arsenal, but Chelsea have now taken the plunge to bolster Graham Potter’s struggling side. Potter, whose Chelsea side are 10th in the league with just one win in their last five games, would like Mudryk as a player. He would have led the deal.

In addition to his form in the Champions League, Mudryk has also impressed in the Ukrainian Premier League, recording seven goals and six assists as his Shakhtar side finished second in the table.

Additional reporting: Simon Johnson

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