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Winterburn exclusive: Did Chelsea actually want Mudryk before Arsenal interest?


Arsenal Premier League title winner Nigel Winterburn has questioned Chelsea's motivation in signing Mykhaylo Mudryk.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk winger appeared all set to join the Gunners before Chelsea stepped in with a €100m offer.

Mudryk made his debut for Chelsea in yesterday's 0-0 draw at Liverpool and Winterburn has questioned whether he was on the Blues' radar before Arsenal's interest was made public.

Winterburn, on behalf of FreeSuperTips, told "It would be interesting to know whether Chelsea were interested in Mudryk initially.

"They might have felt at first that the deal was dead because the player wanted to go to Arsenal.

"Does the manager want that player and does he fit into that system.

"Sometimes as a manager you might not get 100% say in who you want bringing into the club, but you need a certain say.

"You want to know that the player will fit into the way that you want your team to play.

"At the moment it looks a little bit that Chelsea are in disarray, and they just seem to be throwing money at it.

"But what I would say is let's have a look at the middle of next season to see where they've added and taken away from their squad.

"It will start to then take shape and possibly look like a squad that Graham Potter wants for the way he wants to play.

"I think that's the big question."

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