Chelsea release Mykhaylo Mudryk statement as £88m winger flies to UK

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Chelsea have confirmed that they remain in talks with Shkahtar Donetsk over the signing of Ukraine starlet Mykhaylo Mudryk. The Blues have hijacked Arsenal’s move for the exciting winger and are close to striking an £88million agreement.

Stamford Bridge officials have been in Poland today to strike a deal with the Ukrainian club. Shakhtar have been demanding around £88m (€100m) as they see little difference in quality between Mudryk and Manchester City winger Jack Grealish, who was signed from Aston Villa for a similar fee 18 months ago.

Arsenal wanted a structured agreement where they would pay a smaller fee up-front. But big-spending Chelsea are prepared to pay more in advance and have confirmed that they are discussing terms with Shakhtar.

Mudryk will then be free to agree personal terms with the west Londoners. “Chelsea are discussing terms with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Mykhailo Mudryk,” a statement released on Saturday evening read.

“Should a deal be agreed between the two clubs then the Ukrainian international, who can operate as a winger or a forward, will discuss personal terms with the Blues ahead of a permanent transfer.”

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