Chelsea have beaten Arsenal to the signing of top transfer target Mykhaylo Mudryk with a remarkable 11th-hour hijacking bid. The Gunners were growing confident that they would sign the Shakhtar Donetsk winger but it is Stamford Bridge where he is heading in a blockbuster deal worth up to £89million. A medical took place on Sunday morning, with Mudryk watching the game against Crystal Palace. Arsenal are now turning back to Raphinha.
Chelsea have been strongly linked with a renewed bid for Marcus Thuram after new signing Joao Felix was quickly banned for a red card on his debut. A bid has also been made for Noni Madueke, while Moises Caicedo is another key target after the Enzo Fernandez talks collapsed.
Tottenham are still at loggerheads with Sporting Lisbon over Pedro Porro, but they have been handed a major boost in their bid to sign Leandro Trossard and are also chasing Piero Hincapie. Wout Weghorst’s move to Manchester United has been confirmed, while Lionel Messi could apparently follow great rival Cristiano Ronaldo to Saudi Arabia in another huge deal worth £245million a year. Follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip live below!
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Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk as they continue another transfer window of huge spending.
The 22-year-old was Arsenal’s top target and looked increasingly likely to join the Gunners, making it clear on more than one occasion that he was keen on the move.
But Chelsea hijacked the deal on Saturday after flying out to Shakhtar Donetsk’s training camp in Poland, and have now officially announced the £89million signing.
Mudryk at Stamford Bridge
Mykhaylo Mudryk is watching Chelsea’s game against Crystal Palace this afternoon in the directors’ box at Stamford Bridge, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
He has posed for pictures with supporters and done a photoshoot in the Chelsea shirt after his medical today. Only the announcement is pending.
Trossard an option for Arsenal
Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Leandro Trossard.
The Gunners are on the hunt for new targets after Chelsea snatched Mykhaylo Mudryk away from them, and Trossard is available after his very public falling-out with Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi.
The Independent report the Gunners still want to make two signings this month, with Trossard a possibility as the Belgian looks to force a move away from Brighton.
Arsenal keeping tabs on Fresneda
Arsenal are keen on Real Valladolid right-back Ivan Fresneda.
The 18-year-old has made nine La Liga appearances so far this season, and has been linked with a move to Newcastle.
The Daily Telegraph report that the Gunners have now also joined the race for Fresneda, though it remains to be seen if their interest materialises into anything more serious.
Mudryk completes Chelsea medical
Mykhaylo Mudryk has completed his Chelsea medical after underdoing tests this morning.
Fabrizio Romano reports that the winger is now signing his seven-and-a-half year contract, with is £89m move on the verge of completion.
Mudryk is expected to be unveiled at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
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Chelsea not done yet…
Chelsea are still expecting to make at least two more signings this window.
That’s according to Ben Jacobs, with it reported that Moises Caicedo in particular is a major target.
Brighton are believed to want a fee in the region of £75m to sell the midfielder this month – one to keep an eye on.
Spurs consider Zaniolo move
Tottenham are eyeing a potential January swoop for Nicolo Zaniolo.
The Roma man is out of contract next summer and a new deal is looking unlikely, with his relationship with the fans increasingly strained.
Football Italia report that the likes of Juventus and Napoli are considering a summer move, but Spurs could win the race by moving this month for the 23-year-old. An offer of €30m could be enough to get Zaniolo.
Chelsea plan to present Mudryk signing TODAY
Fabrizio Romano has now confirmed that Chelsea do indeed intend to unveil Mykhaylo Mudryk as their latest January signing at Stamford Bridge today ahead of or maybe even at half-time of the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.
The Italian transfer specialist adds that he understands some of the add-ons in the huge €100m transfer package are related to Mudryk winning the Premier League and Champions League during his time at Stamford Bridge.
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Another social media move from Chelsea confirming that the Mykhaylo Mudryk signing is all but sealed…
Chelsea-bound Mudryk given Shakhtar guard of honour
It seems that Shakhtar Donetsk’s players have already said their farewells to Mykhaylo Mudryk.
The Ukraine international was treated to a guard of honour at a session during Shakhtar’s winter break training camp in Turkey on Saturday, before departing for London and putting the finishing touches on that blockbuster switch to Chelsea.
As revealed earlier, Mudryk is completing his Chelsea medical this morning and officially signing his seven-and-a-half year contract that will last until the summer of 2030.
The deal will then presumably be announced before he is at Stamford Bridge and potentially presented to the crowd ahead of a must-win London derby against Crystal Palace.