Sergio Gallardo


After signing Mudryk & João Félix, will Chelsea offload Sterling & Aubameyang?


Chelsea's woefully inconsistent season continues. They've won just once in  five games in 2023, and are 10 points adrift of the Premier League top four.

And right now, Blues boss Graham Potter has a huge injury list: Kanté, Pulisic, Mendy, Fofana, Broja, Sterling, James and Chilwell are all unavailable to face Liverpool.

It's fair to say Chelsea haven’t improved since Thomas Tuchel was sacked. However, they have now strengthened with some major January signings.

Mykhailo Mudryk is Chelsea’s  marquee mid-season buy, the winger arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk in a deal worth up to around $110m. 

Shakhtar have pledged to  donate $25m of that fee to the  families of Ukrainian soldiers  fighting in the war against Russia.

The money will be used to cover  needs such as “medical and prosthetic treatment, and psychological  support,” Shakhtar’s president said.

Mudryk, who has signed an eight- and-a-half-year deal at Stamford Bridge, was close to joining Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Arsenal were very keen on the 22-year-old, but Shakhtar weren’t  happy with the way the Gunners  went about trying to sign him.

“Arsenal contacted the player  almost one and a half months before they contacted us,” Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin told The Athletic.

“I said [to Arsenal], ‘OK, you  start to contact him but first of all  you should close it with us’.”

Chelsea’s January signings also  include João Félix, Benoît Badiashile and Datro Fofana, while a deal for Moisés Caicedo is close.

Having joined on a loan deal from Atlético, João Félix had a nightmare debut: he was sent off at Fulham, and is now serving a three-match ban.

More mid-season signings could  arrive at Chelsea - and there are also set to be departures. Sterling and Aubameyang could go, per reports.