Exclusive: Chelsea in talks over two more attacker signings after beating Arsenal to Mykhaylo Mudryk

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Chelsea are continuing in talks over two more signings in attack despite closing in on beating Arsenal to the transfer of Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk.

The Blues remain ambitious in the transfer market under big-spending new owner Todd Boehly, with Fabrizio Romano suggesting their work this January is still not over as they also continue to target Marcus Thuram and Noni Madueke.

Writing in the Daily Briefing, his exclusive CaughtOffside column on Substack, Romano explained the latest on Chelsea’s efforts to strengthen in attack after also hijacking Arsenal’s bid for Mudryk.

Romano confirmed yesterday that the Ukraine international’s move to Stamford Bridge could be considered a ‘here we go’, and he’s now offered further exclusive insight into this exciting piece of business by Chelsea.

Mykhaylo Mudryk celebrates a goal

“Chelsea have decided to act very fast as they feel they needed extra energy in that position, especially after injuries,” Romano explained. “I think Mudryk is an incredible talent, so it’s always a good idea for any club, even for a very big fee.

“Talks with Madueke and Thuram continue but of course, after Mudryk it will be time to make a decision on offensive players; Aubameyang can’t play in any other European club this second half of season, for Ziyech they will consider permanent bids but it’s still quiet as of now.”

As for Arsenal, Romano explained that the Gunners were prepared to stick to their transfer strategy and won’t panic even though their rivals pipped them to one of their top targets.

“I think Arsenal have a very clear strategy. I’m told they don’t want to overpay or enter into crazy bidding wars,” Romano said.

Mykhaylo Mudryk is heading to Chelsea

“It was like that for Vlahovic, Raphinha, Lisandro Martinez… they did their best to sign Mudryk, a great bid; Chelsea decided to go really strong on it so Arsenal to respect their strategy and vision have decided to not change anything.

“I think if they’re first in Premier League and changed their situation in just one year, it’s also thanks to clear ideas and vision. Of course they lost a big target and a top player but they don’t panic.”

Arsenal fans will now just hope an alternative signing can be identified before the end of January, as they remain a little short of depth up front after the injury to Gabriel Jesus.

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