After signing Mudryk & João Félix, will Chelsea offload Sterling & Aubameyang?
AT THE BRIDGE
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.