Chelsea Transfer News: €150m midfielder Georgiy Sudakov opens up on Blues links and Mykhailo Mudryk bromance

Tom Weber
Tom Weber

  • Updated: 20 Mar 2024 21:56 GMT
  • 4 min read
Georgiy Sudakov, Mykhailo Mudryk, Ukraine, 2023/24

Georgiy Sudakov has spoken about his future and his close friendship with Mykhailo Mudryk.

The Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder has become one of Europe’s most in-demand talents, with a new club seemingly linked with the 21-year-old every week. This is not particularly surprising as Sudakov has starred for club and country in recent times.

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At first, it appeared as though there would be another Mudryk scenario on the cards, with Arsenal and Chelsea set to do battle over his signature. Since the initial rumours, however, a host of other sides have been credited with an interest in the Ukrainian.

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In Italy, Juventus are the club who have been most prominently linked with a move for Sudakov as they continue to look for a replacement for the banned Paul Pogba. More recent speculation has claimed that Liverpool have moved into pole position for the youngster, while one sensational report asserted that City Football Group-owned Girona are keen to beat Barcelona to his signature.

Regardless of who is currently in ‘pole position’ to sign Sudakov, there will be a major stumbling block: his release clause. The Ukrainian recently penned a new deal with Shakhtar that includes a release clause worth an eye-watering €150 million. While unlikely that the Donetsk giants will insist on it being triggered, it’s clear that Sudakov won’t come cheap.

Georgiy Sudakov
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Sudako speaks out on rumours

The 21-year-old has now addressed the frequent speculation surrounding his future, stating that he doesn’t really care where he ends up; he just wants to play in a top-five league. “I cannot name one club,” he told 90min.

“There are many clubs in Europe that show very stable and good results and play at a great level. And perhaps I cannot choose one championship either. Playing in the top five leagues is a dream for any footballer.”

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His friendship with Mudryk has long since been as a potential ace up Chelsea‘s sleeve should their interest become concrete. Sudakov admitted that his mate could have a role to play in his future: “I hope I make the right decisions. Mykhailo and I talk every day, and in some situations, I learn from him and he gives me advice.”

Mudryk, who cost Chelsea €70m, is still considered a flop at Stamford Bridge, but Sudakov backed his friend to come good: “He’s having new challenges at Chelsea this season, but he is a very talented player with very big ambitions…I am sure that he has a bright future ahead of him at Chelsea. It just requires time, and people should trust him.”

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