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Chelsea beat Arsenal to $108 million Mudryk signing

Robbie Earle and Tim Howard react to Chelsea's unexpected swoop for Mykhailo Mudryk and try to make sense of the Blues' aggressive transfer activity.

Chelsea have pipped Arsenal at the post to sign Ukrainian star Mykhailo Mudryk for $108 million, as the Blues continue their incredible spending spree.

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Mudryk, 22, has looked destined to join Arsenal from Shakhtar Donetsk during the January window but Chelsea have been lurking in the background and they were prepared to pay more than Arsenal to sign the talented winger.

So he’s heading to west London instead of north and he’s signed an eight-and-a-half year contract

Chelsea confirmed the move on Sunday and he was photographed at Stamford Bridge ahead of their game against Crystal Palace.

What will Mudryk bring?

He is a player who is direct, fast and can make things happen with his incredible dribbling. We’ve seen it in the Champions League earlier this season and his talent is undoubted.

“I’m so happy to sign for Chelsea,” Mudryk told the club website. “This is a huge club, in a fantastic league and it is a very attractive project for me at this stage of my career. I’m excited to meet my new team-mates and I’m looking forward to working and learning under Graham Potter and his staff.”

Mudryk will be tasked with livening up a slack Chelsea offense and following the arrival of Joao Felix on loan in January, the Blues are clearly looking to add more pace and trickery to their already stacked attack.

He prefers to start on the left and cut inside on his right foot to cause mayhem. Quite what this move means for Christian Pulisic remains to be seen.

They are splashing some serious cash under Todd Boehly and the new ownership group but at the moment their purchases seem to have a scattergun approach.

Is that because they are panicking because the team is struggling on the pitch and languishing in midtable of the Premier League? Or is it because too many people are involved with recruitment?

Aside from all that, Mudryk is a fine talent and he is set to excite Chelsea’s fans for years to come.

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