EPL: How Chelsea hijacked deal for 22-year-old Mudryk from Arsenal

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Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has said that Chelsea manager Graham Potter was key to the Blues signing Mykhaylo Mudryk, who was heavily linked with Arsenal.As per multiple reports, the Gunners submitted three bids to Shakhtar Donetsk for the winger, the last of which reached up to €95 million, including add-ons. However, Romano reported yesterday (January 14) that the Blues submitted a €100 million bid to steal a march on the Gunners and secure Mudryk.

It was certainly a big blow to the north London side, as the Ukrainian winger appeared willing to join them this month. However, Romano has now reported that he was convinced to move to Stamford Bridge instead after speaking to Potter. Romano tweeted:
“Been told Graham Potter had a phone call with Mykhaylo Mudryk to explain Chelsea project few days ago. It was the first concrete step to tempt the player after the Chelsea/Shakhtar meeting in London last Wednesday — knowing that Mykhaylo priority was to join Arsenal.”

Fabrizio Romano
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Been told Graham Potter had a phone call with Mykhaylo Mudryk to explain Chelsea project few days ago.  #CFC

It was the first concrete step to tempt the player after the Chelsea/Shakhtar meeting in London last Wednesday — knowing that Mykhaylo priority was to join Arsenal.

Mudryk becomes the Blues’ fifth signing of the January transfer window, joining Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana, Andre Santos and Joao Felix (loan). The club have spent around €178 million to secure the five players.Potter will hope that the new arrivals help them turn around their season as they sit tenth in the Premier League after 18 games.

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