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Mudryk Chelsea bonuses revealed as Shakhtar confirm Arsenal never came close to transfer and deride ‘Ballon d’Or clause’

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SHAKHTAR DONETSK have revealed the bonuses involved in Mykhailo Mudryk’s move to Chelsea.

And it was confirmed that it was those “achievable and realistic” bonuses that led to the Blues blowing Arsenal out of the water for Mudryk.

The West Londoners hijacked their rivals’ bid to land the winger in the January transfer window after reaching a deal worth a total of £88million with Shakhtar.

The Ukrainian giants’ CEO Sergei Palkin confirmed that Chelsea beat the North Londoners thanks bonuses largely related to them winning the Premier League and Champions League.

However, there is no added clause relating to the 22-year-old potentially winning the Ballon d’Or, like his previous manager Robert De Zerbi – now at Brighton – predicted.

And those terms will remain active across the entirety of the Ukraine international’s eight-and-a-half-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

Palkin told The Athletic: “We can talk about bonuses, but these bonuses should be somehow achievable and realistic, let’s say.

“Therefore, in this case, Chelsea was much more serious and fair in some points.

“Chelsea’s offer for Mudryk has no Ballon d’Or clause. It is achievable bonuses that we feel can be reached.”

Palkin also confirmed that talks with Arsenal were off before Chelsea swooped in.

Shakhtar weren’t happy with the Gunners’ final offer worth €70million (£62m) plus €30m (£26m) in add-ons.

Palkin added: “When they proposed the final offer of €70million plus €30million [in add-ons], we sat down and started to talk internally about how it will be fulfilled in terms of the payments, the fixed part and the bonus issues.

“We realised we will not close this deal [with Arsenal].”

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