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The 100 million man that hardly anyone knows

Chelsea surprise with Mudryk
The 100 million man that hardly anyone knows

By Emmanuel Schneider

Chelsea continue to spend money to get the big sporting crisis under control. Among other things, the “Blues” get the previously unknown Ukrainian Michailo Mudryk for 100 million euros. A remarkable transfer in many ways.

Hardly anyone in football is surprised by transfers of 100 million euros. Investor clubs have called gigantic sums too often in recent years for the world to scratch its head. However, it’s different in the case of Ukrainian Mychajlo Mudryk, for whom struggling Chelsea FC spent just that magic sum. But it’s not just the fees that make this move exciting. There’s also the bickering with Arsenal FC, German international Kai Havertz’s new competition, the noble gesture of his ex-employer and the fact that the insane amount of money is invested in a player who is likely to be largely unknown to many. fans. Also on the island.

Mykhailo Mudryk goes from Shakhtar Donetsk to the “Blues”. As the Ukrainian club explains, the fixed €70m will be followed by an additional €30m in bonuses in the form of a direct transfer. So turn the 22-year-old into a 100 million man. Also surprising: Mudryk’s contract lasts eight (!) years. Until 2031. Seemingly some sort of sleight of hand by Chelsea to look better in terms of Financial Fair Play. Due to the long term of the contract, the large amount of transfer money can be better amortized.

Mudryk is expected to raise 170,000 euros per week

Now the transfer was surprising as it was said until recently and for a long time that City rivals and Premier League leaders Arsenal would win the race. English media reported that the deal was only a matter of form. Mudryk also hinted. But then Chelsea would have outbid their rivals in the closing yards last weekend. 100 instead of 90 million. So far football madness is so normal. Mudryk should receive 170,000 euros per week.

At the London club, the outside meets the international Havertz. The question is: how long? Chelsea have been on an extreme shopping spree in recent weeks and have signed five players so far. In addition to Mudryk, also David Fofana, central defender Benoit Badiashile,. Midfielder Andrey Santos and Portuguese striker Joao Felix are on loan. It means new owner Todd Boehly’s club has to salvage something somewhere. According to the media, there is some sort of crossed-out list on which Havertz should also appear, who at least slowed down the crash of the “Blues” on Sunday with his winning goal against Crystal Palace. Chelsea brought Havertz to London in 2020 for 80 million euros.

Mudryk is now even more expensive. The 22-year-old is yet to be a big name on the big stage. This was also due to the fact that he had played at home so far. The left winger has been under contract with permanent champion Donetsk since 2018. The first two seasons, but he was still rewarded. No one doubted his talent, but he certainly had his attitude. The breakthrough didn’t come until 2021. The dribbler Mudryk has been on offense ever since. His outstanding qualities are speed and speed duels with the ball.

A candidate for the Ballon d’Or?

Due to Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, the league’s operations were severely shaken last year and temporarily halted. In the current crisis season, the attacking man has scored seven goals and six assists in twelve games. In the Champions League, he has a solid five goalscoring points (three goals, two assists), especially the mixed RB Leipzig in September. He has also played regularly in the Ukrainian national team since 2022. In all eight games, he remained goalless.

His ex-coach Roberto de Zerbi even sees him as a future candidate for the Ballon d’Or. But first, more mundane things are on the agenda. At Chelsea, he should play a leading role in getting the team and manager Graham Potter out of crisis. The traditional club are only tenth in the Premier League table, far from their own ambitions.

25 million euros for military families

There is a mixed mood at his release club following the record transfer. In fact, he should keep players of such caliber if he wants to win European trophies with Donetsk itself, says Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov. But you also know the value of fees. The president wants to donate a large part of the proceeds of the gigantic transfer to the victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Today I directed an amount of 25 million euros to help our soldiers, our defenders and their families,” Akhmetov said. The money is to be used, among other things, for medical care, psychological help and prostheses. A great gesture after a big transfer.

Lots of stories about an anything but ordinary 100 million transfer. One that probably would have been a rather minor secondary note last summer. At that time, it was said, a Bundesliga club were close to signing the Ukrainian. Bayer Leverkusen have reportedly offered 20 million euros. That’s when this transfer story was just beginning.

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