Chelsea agree €100m deal for Mykhailo Mudric and hijack Arsenal move for winger

Chelsea have agreed a deal with Shakhtar Donetsk to sign Mykhailo Mudrić.

Chelsea representatives, including global talent and transfer director Paul Winstanley and a senior board member, traveled to Turkey for face-to-face talks with Shakhtar Donetsk, where the Ukrainian club are holding a training camp.

A deal has now been agreed for a fixed fee of €70m (£62m) with an additional €30m (£26.5m) in add-ons. Personal terms have also been agreed between Chelsea and the 22-year-old, with the contract set to be signed over a period of seven years.

Shekhar’s public position has been that he believes Mudrik is worth €100m (£88m) and that he has now reached that price.

Mudric had been informed directly by Shakhtar over the past few days about Chelsea’s growing interest in his signing. The feeling around the situation is that both Shekhar and Mudrik are ready to make a deal.

The quality of add-ons offered by any potential buyer and the planned speed of payment for Mudraik are a priority for the Ukrainian side.

Later on Saturday, Shekhar confirmed the possible transfer to Turkey and details of the meeting.

Mudrić attracted attention in the group stages of the Champions League with three goals and two assists in his six appearances.

He was a prime target of Premier League leaders Arsenal, but Chelsea have now swooped in to bolster Graham Potter’s struggling side. Potter, whose Chelsea side are 10th in the league with just one win in their last five games, likes Mudric as a player. He is said to have struck a deal.

As well as his form in the Champions League, Mudrik has also impressed in the Ukrainian Premier League, registering seven goals and six assists as his side Shakhtar finish second in the table.

Additional reporting: Simon Johnson

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