Chelsea are in the process of hijacking Arsenal’s attempts to sign Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhailo Mudryk during the January transfer window.
The Gunners had previously had a fairly free run at the Ukraine international, with the player keen on a move and the North London club not facing much competition for his signature.
However, that has all changed with Chelsea’s interest in the forward. Mudryk has recently been spotted in London, and Shakhtar Donetsk sporting director and club legend Darijo Srna will meet Chelsea officials in the English captial to discuss the move in the coming hours, according to The Sun.
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Fabrizio Romano has also reported that Srna will be present for Chelsea’s Premier League clash against reigning champions Manchester City on 5 January.
Arsenal are seemingly unwilling to meet Shakhtar’s €100 million valuation, which has allowed Chelsea to sneak in and potentially steal Mudryk from the Gunners’ clutches.
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But, how would Mudryk fit in at Chelsea?
Mudryk at Chelsea
Edouard Mendy has fallen out of favour under Potter, with Kepa Arrizabalaga, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, the man preferred in between the sticks.
Reece James and Ben Chilwell have seldom been fit enough to start many games together, but they remain the first-choice full-back pairing at Stamford Bridge. Wesley Fofana has also had his injury woes, but he cost €80m and will start alongside Thiago Silva when he’s returned to full fitness.
Mateo Kovacic faces a battle with Jorginho to start in midfield, with Mason Mount and likely incoming Enzo Fernandez completing the trio in the middle of the park.
Raheem Sterling will keep his place on the right flank, with Mudryk would replace Christian Pulisic in the starting XI if he arrives from Shakhtar. Kai Havertz will lead the line.