Chelsea have agreed a deal price £88.5m with Shakhtar Donetsk for winger Mykhailo Mudryk.
Chelsea’s co-owner Behdad Eghbali and director of worldwide transfers Paul Winstanley flew into Antalya in Turkey – the place Shakhtar are coaching – on Saturday to finish the deal earlier than taking Mudryk again to the UK with them on their non-public jet.
Mudryk will endure his medical in London on Sunday and is predicted to be at Stamford Bridge to observe Chelsea play Crystal Palace.
Chelsea are assured of securing the switch and have provided the 22-year-old a seven-and-a-half-year contract.
Arsenal remained in talks as not too long ago as Friday however have been ready to stroll away from the switch if the deal was not proper.
Chelsea can pay €70m (£62m) up entrance and €30m (£26.5m) in add-ons, which embody successful the Champions League, Premier League and different particular person performance-related circumstances.
An announcement from Shakhtar on Saturday evening confirmed a deal was “very shut”.
Chelsea then adopted that with an announcement of their very own, confirming they have been “discussing phrases” over a switch price with Shakhtar.
“Should a deal be agreed between the 2 golf equipment then the Ukrainian worldwide, who can function as a winger or a ahead, will talk about private phrases with the Blues forward of a everlasting switch,” Chelsea added.
In social media posts, Mudryk had beforehand indicated Premier League leaders Arsenal have been his most well-liked vacation spot, with private phrases not anticipated to have been an issue.
He appreciated a parody Instagram submit depicting him being held prisoner by Shakhtar Donetsk as they continued to carry out for larger presents, and uploaded posts exhibiting him watching Arsenal video games and describing Mikel Arteta as a “high coach”.
But he now seems set to affix Graham Potter’s struggling Chelsea facet who’ve managed only one win of their final 5 matches.
Chelsea proprietor Todd Boehly has already sanctioned strikes for Benoit Badiashile, David Fofana and Andrey Santos within the January window, whereas including the mortgage signing of Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid.
Why Mudryk is in demand
At the beginning of final season, he was an unknown outdoors of Ukraine with a switch worth of beneath £1m. Now he is without doubt one of the most coveted younger gamers in Europe. Following an explosive rise, Mudryk appears to be like destined for giant issues.
The 21-year-old, who showcased his thrilling pace and one-on-one capability within the Champions League group stage earlier this season, has been described by Darijo Srna, Shakhtar Donetsk’s director of soccer, as “the very best participant in Europe in his place” after Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Junior.
There could also be a touch of exaggeration to that assertion however Srna will not be the one one to carry Mudryk in excessive regard. His checklist of suitors is a protracted one with Chelsea closing in on the race to signal him.