CHELSEA SIGN UKRAINIAN WINGER MUDRYK FROM SHAKHTAR DONETSK

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Chelsea announced Mykhailo Mudryk as their fifth signing of the January transfer window after the Ukrainian winger completed his move from Shakhtar Donetsk to the Premier League club.

In a statement, Shakhtar said they “will receive 70 million euros ($76 million) for the player and another 30 million euros is envisaged as a bonus payment.” The 22-year-old has signed on an eight-and-a-half-year contract.

In a busy transfer window, Chelsea have already signed defender Benoit Badiashile, striker David Fofana and midfielder Andrey Santos, while forward Joao Felix joined the London club on loan from Atletico Madrid earlier this month.

Mudryk, who was named Shakhtar’s player of the year for a second year in a row, caught the eye with his performances in the Champions League group stage where he scored three goals and grabbed two assists.

A day after the transfer went through, Shakhtar Donetsk president Rinat Akhmetov said the club will allocate $25 million to aid Ukrainian soldiers and their families. Akhmetov added that Shakhtar would play a friendly against Chelsea at their Donbass Arena in “a Ukrainian Donetsk”.

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