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Chelsea: Mykhaylo Mudryk ‘flying to UK for medical’ as Arsenal set for transfer heartbreak | Football | Sport

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Mykhaylo Mudryk is flying into London tonight (Saturday) to debate personal terms with Chelsea and to undergo a medical to affix the club. Arsenal have looked the likeliest side to sign the Ukrainian throughout the January transfer window with the Shakhtar Donetsk attacker posting quite a few hints on social media that he wants to affix the Gunners. But Chelsea have now hijacked Arsenal’s move.

The Blues have agreed an £88million package with Shakhtar to sign Mudryk and Fabrizio Romano reports that the forward is flying to the UK. He posted: “Understand Mykhaylo Mudryk is now on a plane flying to London. His future enters into key, final stages as Chelsea have offered contract valid until June 2030. Chelsea hope to get it sealed this weekend. Arsenal keep their position, bid made to Mudryk won’t change.”

The transfer expert had already revealed on Saturday evening that Chelsea had reached an agreement with Shakhtar to sign Mudryk. The Blues have committed to paying £88m for the player, with around £62m guaranteed and the remaining – roughly £26.5m – made up in add-ons.

Shakhtar’s English Twitter account tweeted before 7pm: “FC Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov and Chelsea co-owner Behdad Eghbali discussed Mykhailo Mudryk’s transfer to Chelsea FC today. Parties are very near agree on player’s transfer to the club.”

TRANSFER NEWS LIVE: Chelsea launch £88m Mudryk hijack, Arsenal in talks

Mudryk’s priority has at all times been to affix Arsenal but it surely appears he’s heading towards Stamford Bridge as an alternative. Shakhtar are said to have been in talks with Arsenal recently however the Gunners have vowed to not get right into a bidding war. As such, it looks like they are going to let Mudryk join their London rivals as an alternative.

The Athletic claim the lightning-quick wide-man has already agreed personal fees with Chelsea and can sign a seven-year-plus contract. Mudryk is alleged to have been made aware of Chelsea’s growing interest in recent days.

Graham Potter’s side have lost five of their last eight Premier League matches but have been busy off the pitch attempting to improve their playing squad. David Datro Fofana joined from Molde for as much as £10m while Chelsea paid Monaco £33m for Benoit Badiashile, who signed an enormous seven-and-a-half-year contract.

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Andrey Santos was the following addition, joining from Brazil’s Vasco de Gama for £18m, before Joao Felix joined on loan from Atletico Madrid for £10m. The Portugal striker was nonetheless sent off on his debut at Fulham on Thursday and now faces a three-match ban that can rule him out until February.

If the Londoners can beat Arsenal to Mudryk, the 22-year-old would develop into their fifth addition of a busy January window that also has one other two weeks to run. Potter will hope to get a deal done in time for Mudryk to play against Liverpool next Saturday (January 21).

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