David Ornstein has revealed on BBC Radio 5 live (19:28, January 20, 2023) one factor why Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal were unable to sign Mykhailo Mudryk ahead of Graham Potter’s Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk at the January transfer market.
The Athletic journalist has denounced how Chelsea’s payment structure was different from the one proposed by Arsenal to Shakhtar.
As reported by The Athletic, Chelsea paid Shakhtar £88.7m in transfer fees for Mudryk.
Arsenal had been in talks with Shakhtar over the 22-year-old for weeks, according to the report.
The Ukraine international winger signed an eight-and-a-half-year deal with Chelsea.
David Ornstein on Arsenal’s goal Mykhailo Mudryk after Chelsea’s move
Ornstein said: “Actually with Chelsea, I understand, it’s spread over four years, the payments, whereas with Arsenal they proposed five, which could have been a factor in Shakhtar’s decision, which is a bit of information that hasn’t been revealed. stepped out”. until now.”
It will be interesting to see what happens to Mykhailo Mudryk and Chelsea in the coming months and years, and whether Arsenal will regret not signing the Ukrainian.
That Arsenal held talks about Mudryk shows that they were genuinely interested in the winger.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be disappointed that he was unable to sign Mudryk, despite bringing in Belgium international winger Leandro Trossard from Brighton and Hove Albion.
Chelsea are a massive club that want to win all the time, but Mudryk will be given time and patience.
The winger is still just 22 years old, so if he doesn’t start his Chelsea career off strongly, we shouldn’t judge him right away.
Everyone has to be patient with Mudryk.
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