Mykhailo Mudryk wears a Ukraine flag on the Stamford Bridge pitch as he watches Chelsea – who were owned by Russian Roman Abramovich – for the first time since his £88m move… as it emerges the Blues ‘DOUBLED Arsenal’s £50,000-a-week offer’
Mykhailo Mudryk has been pictured at Stamford Bridge holding up a Ukraine flag after completing his £88million move to Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk.
The 22-year-old was in attendance as Graham Potter’s side looked to secure a first Premier League win of the new year against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Mudryk underwent a medical at the club earlier on Sunday before taking his seat. The transfer was officially confirmed in the first half of the game.
Mykhailo Mudryk has been pictured at Stamford Bridge after completing his move to Chelsea
The 22-year-old had long been a target for Arsenal before Chelsea hijacked the move
Mudryk holding the flag of his native country at Stamford Bridge comes less than a year after Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich’s reign at the helm of the club came to an end following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
Following sanctions from the UK government, the following month Abramovich announced his intention to sell the club he had owned since 2003, leading to Todd Boehly’s and Clearelake Capital’s takeover and a stream of big-money signings since.
The Ukraine international had initially looked set to join Arsenal, with the club lodging three separate bids for Mudryk throughout the course of January, with the most recent totalling £80m.
However, Chelsea were monitoring the situation throughout, and Blues chiefs flew to Poland to meet with representatives from Shakhtar on Saturday to iron out a deal for the winger.
Russian Roman Abramovich spent 19 years at the helm of the club before the Russian invasion of Ukraine led to him selling to a group led by Todd Boehly
The Ukraine international was also pictured in a Blues shirt for the first time ahead of the deal being completed
Gunners fans on social media believed that a move to North London was all but confirmed, particularly after Mikel Arteta had appeared to hint that the player would arrive as an offensive reinforcement for the injured Gabriel Jesus.
On Saturday night, Shakhtar threw a spanner in the works by announcing via their English language Twitter account that a deal to sell Mudryk to Chelsea was ‘very close’ following successful discussions between the two clubs.
Chelsea followed this up by quote-tweeting the announcement and adding an eyes emoji, followed by sharing an Instagram post imploring fans to shower Mudryk with love over social medial.
Mudryk made 12 appearances in the Ukrainian Premier League this season scoring seven goals, and has earned eight caps for his country since making his debut last year.
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