Updated on 01/16/2023 15:49
- Chelsea have already paid around 450 million for new players this season.
- The latest move: Mychajlo Mudryk comes for eight and a half years and 100 million euros.
- Who is the striker and why is he worth so much money for the ‘Blues’?
Graham Potter hasn’t completely lost his sense of humor during his Chelsea FC meltdown. “If I’m here for the rest of his contract, we’ll all be happy,” said the maligned “Blues” coach. And by that he means the working document the Londoners have endowed with their newest addition: Mychajlo Mudryk signed until 2031 (!).
So for the next eight and a half years. The fee is just as oversized: Chelsea would put 100 million euros on the table for the Ukrainian, bonus included. But who is the 22-year-old? And why is he worth so much money to the club?
Bayer Leverkusen were also on Mudryk
Because even at Bayer Leverkusen, those responsible will rub their eyes. In the spring, the Bundesliga side were already on the winger and Mudryk himself made that clear: “I decided that was the only club I wanted to switch to.”
Bayer did not want to pay more than 20 million euros, but were eventually deterred by the long and complicated negotiations with Mudryk’s club Shakhtar Donetsk. A little over six months later, the club receives five times more. 70 million euros basic, plus 30 million euros of possible additional payments.
Mudryk: “A very attractive project for me”
“It’s a huge club in a fantastic league and a very attractive project for me at this stage of my career. I can’t wait to meet my new team-mates and look forward to working and learning under Graham Potter and his coaching staff” Mudryk is quoted as saying in a statement from Chelsea.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly looks forward to “a very exciting talent who we believe will be a great addition to our squad, now and for years to come”. Mudryk was officially presented to supporters with the Ukrainian flag and the Chelsea shirt at half-time against Crystal Palace on Sunday (1-0).
The clear mission: He must help the club out of the sporting crisis, revitalize the paralyzing offensive. To score goals. Because 22 goals in 19 games shows quite clearly where the problem lies most at his new club. The 1.75m tall right-hander can be used on both flanks, he is fast, explosive, adept at technique, good at one-on-one and a dangerous keeper. He has seven goals and six assists in 12 games this season in the Ukrainian league.
Good numbers in the Champions League
He got a lot more attention in the Champions League. In a group with Real Madrid, RB Leipzig and Celtic Glasgow, he scored three goals and provided two more assists. He has also been a Ukraine international since the summer of 2022 and has played eight times. International appearances were one of the reasons his market value skyrocketed from €200,000 in early 2021, when he made his Shakhtar breakthrough, to €40m according to ‘Transfermarkt.de’.
There are several reasons why the transfer fee is now well above that amount and makes Mudryk the most expensive transfer this season. On the one hand, Premier League clubs are notorious for not making a mess, courtesy of lavish TV money or well-heeled investors, but for splurging. Chelsea are moving forward again under new management. With Mudryk, the “Blues” have spent around 450 million euros for 13 new players this season, with five reinforcements just for the winter.
Outclassed city rivals
The sporting crisis is a key reason for the staff offensive. Nine points adrift of a Champions League spot, a lot needs to happen in the weeks and months ahead for the minimum target to still be met. Moreover, Chelsea have been plagued by injuries this season, with key players missing on many occasions.
Mudryk should be a new cornerstone that should also ensure success in the current premier class season, where Borussia Dortmund await in the round of 16 (February 15 and March 7). The transfer is therefore a mixture of research for new quality, long-term investment given his age in full upheaval, but also a touch of despair.
Another factor has been competition, as city rivals FC Arsenal have long been seen as favorites to sign the 22-year-old until Chelsea intervened at short notice. It also kicked the price up a notch. “He’s a young player with a bright future,” Potter said, according to The Mirror. It is said that he was a strong advocate for the obligation. “Our fans are going to love it,” Potter said.
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Nevertheless, the 47-year-old warns against too much activism around the club, which is experiencing a high turnover with the change of ownership from Roman Abramowitsch to Boehly. Now it’s about ‘stability’ and doing ‘the right thing’, says Potter: ‘If you’re in a situation where too many people are making decisions about newcomers in too little time, it’s not exactly the recipe for success”. , according to Potter.
You have to make the right decisions and coordinate the resources, the coach stressed: “You have to use them in the right way.” So he can at least fulfill his own contract. It runs until 2027.
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Struggling English club Chelsea FC have signed Ukrainian national footballer Michailo Mudryk. According to concordant reports in the media, the Blues will transfer up to 100 million euros to Shakhtar Donetsk for the attacking winger, bonuses included. As the Londoners announced on Sunday, the 22-year-old has signed a seven-year contract until 2030.
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