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Arsenal and Chelsea transfer news: Shakhtar release statement about Mudryk
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Arsenal and Chelsea transfer news: Shakhtar release statement about Mudryk

Things are developing really, really fast in the Mykhaylo Mudryk transfer saga as Chelsea look to beat Arsenal to the Ukraine international.

In the space of a few hours, we’ve gone from the Gunners gently cruising towards the Shakhtar Donetsk star’s signature, to the Blues closing in on his signature instead.

Arsenal fans will have been familiar with the Mudryk transfer saga for quite a while now, while Chelsea supporters will have been aware of it over the past few weeks.

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Since last summer, the 22-year-old appeared to favour a move to the Emirates Stadium.

And during the past few weeks, Arsenal have been in talks with Shakhtar over a move for the attacking talent.

Then, Chelsea apparently joined the race and were pondering a move, buoyed by the Gunners’ seemingly slow progress in signing Mudryk.

Arsenal and Chelsea were briefly linked with another forward in Joao Felix, and the Blues won that battle.

That seemingly paved the way for the Gunners to finally get their hands on Mudryk.

But then, on Saturday evening, things began moving very fast – for Chelsea, not Arsenal.

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According to Fabrizio Romano, Mudryk is on his way to London to discuss a move to Stamford Bridge.

The transfer insider previously reported that Chelsea and Shakhtar had agreed a €100million deal for the Ukrainian.

Meanwhile, Arsenal apparently aren’t planning to budge from their offer of €95million plus add-ons.

Now, Shakhtar have put out a statement on Twitter detailing the current state of play at their end.

Here’s what Mudryk’s club wrote:

It’s not certain whether ‘very close to agree on player’s transfer to the club’ means the two clubs haven’t agreed a deal yet, or whether it’s now down to the player.

Either way, it’s looking very good for Chelsea, and not very good for Arsenal.

At the same time, the Gunners seem to be sticking to their guns and not get drawn into a bidding war.

Fair play to them. Arsenal have got to where they are with a steady, long-term plan, with knee-jerk reactions kept to a minimum.

At the same time, it’s not nice to see a player who appeared destined for your club now seemingly going elsewhere.

But with two weeks left in the transfer window, Arsenal still have time to look elsewhere this month.

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