Chelsea are “very close” to a deal for winger Mykhailo Mudryk, having agreed a price with Shakhtar Donetsk after sending representatives to Turkey to seal the switch.
The Blues have moved quick for the 22-year-old Ukraine worldwide after Arsenal had been believed to be near finishing his signing.
The PA information company understands a delegation from Chelsea travelled to Turkey, the place the Ukrainian membership are coaching forward of the brand new season, to steal a march on their London rivals.
Shakhtar confirmed a cope with Chelsea was “very close”.
A press release on the membership’s official Twitter account stated: “FC Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov and Chelsea co-owner Behdad Eghbali discussed Mykhailo Mudryk’s transfer to Chelsea FC today.
“Parties are very close to agree on player’s transfer to the club.”
According to experiences, Mudryk might price as much as 100millon euros (£88m) and is able to signal a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
While Chelsea and Arsenal are each believed to have supplied an analogous quantity, the Blues have structured a deal which might see Shakhtar obtain extra money up entrance, with extra beneficial add-ons than these being negotiated with the Gunners.
PA understands these add-ons embody Champions League participation, the variety of matches performed and profitable the Premier League.
Mudryk, who has performed simply 65 membership video games throughout his profession to this point, was named Shakhtar’s participant of the 12 months on Saturday.
He has posted a number of Instagram messages seemingly suggesting he’s eager on a transfer to the Emirates Stadium, however now Chelsea have moved firmly into pole place to land the promising ahead.
Blues proprietor Todd Boehly has already sanctioned strikes for Benoit Badiashile, David Fofana and Andrey Santos within the January window, whereas including the mortgage signing of Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid.
Felix was despatched off in Thursday’s 3-1 loss at neighbours Fulham, a outcome which leaves Chelsea 19 factors adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal and having performed a recreation extra.