Days after Mykhailo Mudryk made a shocking move to Chelsea rather than Arsenal, the chief executive of the Ukrainian club, Sergei Palkin, made a shocking revelation about the transfer.
Sergei was speaking in an interview with The Athletic where he was asked about the club's decision. He said the move was not about the transfer fee but it was about the payment structure.
When Arsenal proposed the final offer of €70m + €30m in add-ons, we sat down and started to talk internally about how it will be fulfilled in terms of the payments, the fixed part, and the bonus issues. We realized we will not close this deal. Overall, Chelsea & Arsenal’s offer was the same. It was the same figure. If you look inside the fixed part and bonuses, it was completely different. these bonuses should be somehow achievable and realistic, Chelsea was much more serious & fair.
Mudryk will be a major addition to Chelsea's attack line going forward as they look to salvage what is left of the 2022/23 football season in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.