Jose Mourinho has criticized Chelsea after the club spent €100 million to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Blues snapped up the Arsenal target, quickly agreeing a deal with the Ukrainian club. The Gunners had long been chasing the 21-year-old but saw several bids rejected before their rivals swooped in.
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With the Blues struggling for form under Graham Potter, they quickly agreed a deal to sign Mudryk. To do so, they immediately agreed to pay Shakhtar’s €100m asking price, through a combination of an upfront fee and add-ons – which Arsenal had been reluctant to do.
Chelsea completed the signing of Mudryk on Sunday
Mudryk was explosive in the first half of the season with the Ukrainian giants with 11 goals in 19 appearances – including three goals in the Champions League group stage.
Former Blues boss Mourinho referred to the deal in his post-match press conference on Sunday after his side won 2-0 at home to Fiorentina in Serie A. It came as discussion turned to the Giallorossi’s January transfers.
“I don’t expect anyone to arrive,” Mourinho declared after the match. “The manager (Tiago Pinto) was very honest and direct, he said things in an interview that a coach usually doesn’t like to hear. Coaches always want to hear that we have a lot of money, we can buy option a, b, c, d, build an incredible team. This is the dream.”
“I worked in clubs with that kind of practically unlimited funds. There are more and more clubs these days that fit that profile, but it’s not our profile. We work, we give everything, we work with the characteristics we have”.
Mourinho then began to talk about solutions to injuries and form from within his own squad, before clearly adding about Chelsea’s move: “We have to find a solution, we can’t just buy Mudryk for €100m!”.
Mudryk was at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace thanks to a goal from Kai Havertz. His arrival took the Blues’ signings to five this month and Potter is delighted to have beaten Arsenal to the Ukrainian’s signature.