Shakhtar Donetsk's Mykhaylo Mudryk during the UEFA Champions League between Celtic and Shakhtar Donetsk at Celtic Park, Glasgow, October 2022.

Watch: Fabrizio Romano reveals all on Chelsea’s Mykhailo Mudryk pursuit

Fabrizio Romano has outlined the latest situation with Shakhtar Donetsk forward Mykhailo Mudryk as both Arsenal and Chelsea remain interested in the player.

Arsenal have been especially keen on bolstering their forward line, particularly after the injury Gabriel Jesus sustained at the World Cup. However, Chelsea could now swoop in for the player.

Graham Potter’s side are in desperate need of bolstering their forward line and Mudryk would add a new dynamic to their forward line.

Romano explains: “Chelsea have been calling people at Shakhtar, people close to Mykhailo Mudryk to explain their idea, to attack the player, but also to explain their project.

“If Chelsea will sign a new winger, in this case Mudryk, there is a chance for Pulisic to leave in January. So this could be the potential plan, but what’s going on now?

“Shakhtar director Darijo Srna is in London, he will have a direct meeting with Chelsea. Also important he will be at the Chelsea v Man City game and so this could be another opportunity to speak to Chelsea people.”

Chelsea will surely be keen to get one over on their London rivals Arsenal, although as Romano goes on to explain, the Gunners are not yet out of the race for the winger.

He adds: “They wanted to wait some days before acting, but now they see that Arsenal have still no agreement with Shakhtar. This is why Chelsea decided to act and to have first conversations.

“Mudryk wants Arsenal as priority so his priority is to go to Arsenal, but sometimes in football the timing is important, especially in January.

“Arsenal are in conversations with Shakhtar, €50million is the second bid plus add-ons, but at the moment it is still not agreed with Shakhtar and this is why Shakhtar are speaking to Chelsea.”

Given the state of both clubs right now, it is easy to see why Mudryk’s preferred move would be to Arsenal. Mikel Arteta’s side looks well-prepared for a title challenge in the second half of the season.

While Chelsea have struggled to find their form this season, they still remain to be an interesting project under Potter and Todd Boehly.

Chelsea’s main problem this season has been consistently hitting the back of the net. So far they have scored just 20 league goals at an average of 1.25 goals per game.

If they continue with that current ratio for the rest of the season, they would score a mere 47 goals throughout the entire season. Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling are their top scorers as things stand with four league goals each.

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