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Chelsea Have Wrapped Up A £87M Deal For This Shakhtar Ace: What Will He Bring To The Squad?

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According to a recent report from Mirror, it was stated that Chelsea unveiled Mykhaylo Mudryk at Stamford Bridge last weekend after hijacking Arsenal’s plans by offering a staggering £87 million to complete the deal. It is understood that he was a long-term target for the Gunners but the Blues managed to secure his signature after Arteta’s side fell short of an offer.

Mudryk’s Impressive Numbers For Shakhtar Donetsk So Far This Season

The Ukrainian youngster has come through the ranks at Shakhtar Donetsk. Mudryk made his debut on 11 May 2022 in the friendly game against Borussia Monchengladbach, scoring his first goal at Borussia Park in Monchengladbach.

Mudryk has had an amazing start to this campaign producing several impressive displays in the final third for his side which caught the eye of several clubs before the January transfer window. He has found the back of the net on ten occasions and produced two assists over eighteen appearances this season across all fronts.

Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge

He has managed to be consistent and reliable in the attacking third after averaging 1.5 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.7 dribbles per game in the UEFA Champions League. Furthermore, he has also been tidy with his ball distribution after completing 81.1% of his attempted passes in Champions League football. (stats via whoscored)

What Will He Bring To Chelsea?

The right-footed attacker usually operates as a left-sided wide player but he has showcased his adaptability down the right, and also as an advanced attacking midfielder depicting his versatility in the attacking third. Chelsea are well stocked in the attacking department with Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and Hakim Ziyech, so the addition of Mudryk would inject more quality as well as firepower to help them compete for the title in the coming seasons.

Mudryk has the ability to make some dangerous runs down the left flank using his pace and agility. He can get out of tight situations and create space for himself to land a shot at the target. The youngster can shoot the ball with power and accuracy from a distance, and also remains a decent finisher inside the penalty box. He has even got the vision to set up his teammates with some clear-cut goal-scoring chances in the final third. Thus, the Blues have done well to acquire his signature and a contract of eight and a half years secures their young starlet for the foreseeable future.

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