Mykhailo Mudryk transferred to Chelsea! How much does he earn now?
- Ukrainian forward Mykhailo Mudryk has joined Chelsea on an 8-and-a-half-year deal.
- Chelsea beat London rivals Arsenal for his signature.
- According to reports, Chelsea will pay £62m up front, with up to £35m in add-ons which takes the deal potentially worth up to £97m.
Chelsea has signed Shakhtar Winger Mykhailo Mudryk
Mykhailo Mudryk has signed for Chelsea after an impressive start in the Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk. The 22-year-old winger was acquired by the Blues in a record-breaking £97 million move from Shakhtar Donetsk.
At halftime of the Blues’ game against Crystal Palace on January 15, Mudryk was introduced to the Chelsea supporters after the deal was made official during the game. According to reports, he will now make around £110,000 per week at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will reportedly pay £62 million upfront plus up to £35 million in performance-related add-ons, bringing the total possible to a staggering £97 million.
The winger penned a long eight-and-a-half-year deal with the London club. In his first interview as a Chelsea player, he told club media:
“I’m so happy to sign for Chelsea. This is a huge club, in a fantastic league and it is a very attractive project for me at this stage of my career.”
“I’m excited to meet my new team-mates and I’m looking forward to working and learning under Graham Potter and his staff.”
How did Chelsea hijack Mudryk from Arsenal?
Arsenal and the winger reached a personal agreement, but the Gunners ended the negotiations after Chelsea expressed interest and Shakhtar began to drive up the price. But the talented forward had already made it known that he was interested in signing with Arsenal.
Officials from the Blues are said to have been to Turkey, where Shakhtar are conducting a training camp, to negotiate a deal, including their director of global talent and transfers Ben Winstanley.
Arsenal was offering Mudryk £50,000 per week to join them. However, the Blues paid Mudryk more than twice and offered him £110,000 per week and the deal was completed swiftly.
Why is Mykhailo Mudryk’s Chelsea contract so long?
Since buying Chelsea, Todd Boehly has spent more than £400 million on player transfers, and one important aspect of those transactions has been the length of the contracts. There are six-year commitments from Marc Cucurella, Carney Chukwuemeka, Cesare Casadei, and David Datro Fofana. Wesley Fofana and Benoit Badiashile have signed seven-year and seven-and-a-half-year deals whereas Mykhailo Mudryk’s deal lasts up to 2031.
Sky Sports talked with football finance expert Kieran Maguire regarding these unusually long contracts. According to Maguire,
“What Chelsea have decided to do is to spread the cost of the players by signing them on very long contracts.”
“So, by signing Mudryk on an eight-and-a-half-year contract, the way it is dealt with for accounting and FFP purposes is you take that £88m cost and you divide that over eight-and-a-half-years, and it works out as just over £10m-a-year.”
Shakhtar Donetsk will donate £22 million to the Ukraine war effort amid Mykhailo Mudryk’s transfer
Rinat Akhmetov, the president of Shakhtar Donetsk, has promised to donate £22 million to the Ukrainian war effort in response to Mykhailo Mudryk’s transfer to Chelsea.
A transfer record for Ukrainian football, the Premier League team acquired Mudryk from Shakhtar in a deal for up to £89 million.
The president said that he had “mixed feelings” about Mudryk leaving Shakhtar. Speaking of Mudryk, he said:
“I have never made it a secret that my dream is to win European trophies. This means that players like Mudryk should be invited to our club, to our Ukrainian championship, and we should win European trophies with such players.”
“Unfortunately, it is impossible now, as Ukraine is fighting the horrendous and unjust war waged against us by the Russian Federation.”
In 2022, Russia attacked Ukraine. In order to assist Mariupol defenders and the families of dead soldiers, the Shakhtar president announced money from Mudryk’s transfer fee will go toward providing medical and prosthetic care, psychological assistance, and fulfilling special demands. He said:
“Their acts of bravery are unparalleled in the modern history.”
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