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News on Arsenal transfers: Mykhaylo Mudryk's longtime pursuit by the Gunners abruptly came to an end yesterday when London rivals Chelsea acquired the forward overnight.
Mykhaylo Mudryk, a forward for Shakhtar Donetsk, has been officially signed by Chelsea for a reported fee of over £88 million plus add-ons. Over the previous six months, the 22-year-old had a strong chance of moving to Arsenal, but he will now wear Chelsea blue.
After Chelsea and Shakhtar reached an agreement on a deal, Mudryk will join on an eight-and-a-half-year contract. The initial £62 million payment will be followed by £26 million in add-ons. This month, the Ukrainian opens the door for Joao Felix, Andrey Santos, Benoit Badiashile, and David Datro Fofana.
The winger said."I'm so happy to sign for Chelsea, "This is a huge club, in a fantastic league and it is a very attractive project for me at this stage of my career. I'm excited to meet my new team-mates and I'm looking forward to working and learning under Graham Potter and his staff."
Mikel Arteta's January intentions at Arsenal are derailed by Mudryk's transfer to Stamford Bridge after the Gunners spent the majority of the transfer window in talks with Shakhtar themselves. Technical director Edu gave the striker top priority in an effort to improve Arteta's team's attacking alternatives.
Arsenal reportedly made two offers for the Shakhtar forward, but neither offer came close to what Arsenal thought Mudryk was worth. After a few hours, news broke that Chelsea had reached a deal with the Ukrainian team and would announce the arrival of the forward during their Premier League match against Crystal Palace.
Similar to the Mudryk transfer saga, social media activity has given us many talking points in the form of hints, messages, and confirmation of an agreement. In addition, Oleksandr Zinchenko stopped following his fellow countryman on Instagram after hearing about Mudryk's relocation to west London.
The Gunners' attention will now shift to today's north London derby at Tottenham, where they want to pass Manchester City by eight points.
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