Chelsea plot €45m move for prolific Mudryk friend

Tom Weber
Tom Weber
  • Updated: 2 Jan 2024 09:29 GMT
  • 3 min read
Mauricio Pochettino, Artem Dovbyk, Mykhailo Mudryk, Ukraine
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Chelsea are interested in signing Girona sensation Artem Dovbyk, according to a report.

The Blues are in the market for a striker. Nicolas Jackson has been a hit-and-miss signing so far, while the versatile Christopher Nkunku is only slowly being integrated into the team after his long-term injury. Armando Broja, meanwhile, is facing an uncertain future at the club.

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The lack of a prolific striker so far this term has seen Chelsea repeatedly linked with the likes of Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney. However, Osimhen is all but unattainable in January after penning a new Napoli deal and Toney is also being heavily courted by Arsenal, who appear better placed to land his signature.

Therefore, the Blues have been forced to think outside the box a little and The Sun claims that this has led to them considering the signing of Artem Dovbyk.

Artem Dovbyk
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Chelsea in for Dovbyk?

The report asserts that the Girona striker could be had for €45 million. Dovbyk, having only played in his native Ukraine, Moldova and Denmark prior to his Spain move in the summer, was a relative unknown to most European audiences before the season started, but he has been a revelation.

The Ukraine international has notched an impressive 11 goals and five assists in 17 LaLiga outings and has been one of the biggest reasons behind Girona's stunning success this term. The City Football Group-owned Catalan minnows currently share top spot with Real Madrid.

Standing at 6ft 2in, Dovbyk's physicality is said to have impressed Mauricio Pochettino, who is keen to add more bite and weight to his team, claims the report.

What is believed to work in Chelsea's favour in their pursuit of the striker is the fact that he not only has the same agent as €100m Blues man Mykhailo Mudryk but that the two are even good friends.

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