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Wechsel zum FC Chelsea: Michailo Mudryk – der 100-Millionen-Euro-Mann

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Status: 01/16/2023 3:37 p.m

Chelsea will pay up to 100 million euros for a largely unknown Ukrainian. Who is Michailo Mudryk actually?

Michailo Mudryk casually posed for the first photos in the new jersey before presenting himself to the fans. Wrapped in a Ukraine flag, the 22-year-old stepped onto the pitch of Stamford Bridge during the half-time break in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and enjoyed the enthusiastic applause of the spectators. In the future, Mudryk should go there for Chelsea and ensure successful times in West London again.

National player Kai Havertz’s team paid a lot for this hope. The “Blues” will transfer up to 100 million euros including bonus payments for the hitherto relatively unknown Ukrainian from Shakhtar Donetsk. Mudryk, who signed a contract until the summer of 2031, is supposed to revive the sometimes weak offensive with just 22 goals in 19 league games with his goal threat.

Top scorer in Ukraine

In any case, the eight-time Ukrainian national player has positive references. In the current Champions League season, the lightning-fast offensive player scored three goals in six games, set up two more and played a key role in Shakhtar’s qualification for the round of 16. In the Ukrainian league he is a top scorer. Nevertheless, up to 100 million euros seem enormously high – even if Chelsea binds the talent for the long term through the contract period. So far, such sums have only been paid for seasoned players.

Strong competition up front

This winter, the injury-plagued tenth-placed player has signed Joao Felix (on loan), Benoit Badiashile, David Fofana and Andrey Santos, spending a total of around 140 million euros. In terms of sport, the Champions League places are already a long way off with a ten-point deficit. That’s why the use of the really big purse should now do the trick.

Especially on the offensive, there are now numerous players, including Mudryk, who want to be in the starting XI. In addition to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Hakim Ziyech, for example, Havertz and Felix on loan now have to fight harder for playing times and draw attention to themselves with goals. It remains to be seen whether Mudryk can prevail there.

Eight and a half year contract

Despite the competition, Mudryk is in good spirits. “This is a huge club in a fantastic league and a very attractive project for me at this stage of my career,” Mudryk was quoted as saying in a Chelsea statement. Mudryk has not played in a goal in his eight internationals. He signed a contract for eight and a half years until 2031.

Arsenal were also interested

The English leaders FC Arsenal had long been said to be very interested in the dribbling winger. However, the “Gunners” were probably not ready to meet the transfer demands of the ten-time Ukrainian champions. The left winger only made his breakthrough in Shakhtar’s first team in early 2021 and has played 65 competitive games since then. Shakhtar President Rinat Akhmetov said he had mixed feelings about this transfer record in Ukrainian football. In order to win European trophies, he shouldn’t actually give up players like Mudryk.

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