The 22-year-old has agreed to an 8 1/2-year contract. Mudryk was chosen as Shakhtar's player of the year for a second consecutive year, and he also stood out during the Champions League group stage with his three goals and two assists. He is the second Ukrainian player that Chelsea has ever bought, following the 2006 transfer of former striker Andriy Shevchenko from AC Milan. For Ukraine, he has eight caps. Graham Potter's assault will be strengthened by Mudryk after Christian Pulisic and Raheem Sterling suffered injuries.
"He's a highly exciting prospect," Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly and co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali said in a joint statement. "We feel he will be a terrific addition to our squad both now and in the years to come." He will give our attack more depth, and we are confident that Londoners will embrace him with open arms.
In a statement, Mudryk said, "This is a huge club, in a fantastic league, and it is a very attractive proposition for me at this juncture of my career. I'm looking forward to working with Graham Potter and his colleagues and getting to know my new team members.
According to reports, Arsenal had been in talks to recruit Mudryk as the Premier League's top team looked for a replacement for Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, who has been out since having knee surgery. Chelsea intervened, however, as Shakhtar announced on Saturday that team president Rinat Akhmetov was close to approving Mudryk's transfer to Stamford Bridge. This came while they were negotiating the price and payment structure.
Chelsea is tenth in the rankings, 10 points below the top four, and will play Crystal Palace later on Sunday. The league trip to Liverpool next Saturday, where Mudryk might make his debut, has been complicated by Felix's red card on his debut.
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