Arsenal fan Piers Morgan says it’s ‘surprising’ to see £88m Ukraine star Mykhailo Mudryk join Chelsea instead of the Gunners – because Blues fans still chant in support of former owner and one of Russia president Putin’s ‘best mates’ Roman Abramovich
Piers Morgan has insisted it is ‘surprising’ Mykhailo Mudryk is signing for Chelsea rather than Arsenal.
Arsenal were considered the favourites to sign the £88million winger from Shakhtar Donetsk but the Blues hijacked their move and are closing in on completing the signing.
And incredulous Gunners fan Morgan questioned why Ukrainian star Mudryk would join Chelsea when Blues fans still chant in support of former owner Roman Abramovich – one of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s ‘best mates’.
Piers Morgan says it is ‘surprising’ Mykhailo Mudryk is set to join Chelsea rather than Arsenal
Gunners fan Morgan questioned why the Ukraine star is poised to move to a club whose fans chant support for former owner, and one of Vladimir Putin’s ‘best mates’, Roman Abramovich
Wealthy tycoon Abramovich (centre) was forced to sell Chelsea to Todd Boehly in 2022 in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, led by Russian president Putin, to whom he has close ties
He said: ‘My final thought on Mudryk is that it’s a tad surprising to watch a Ukrainian player flirt so enthusiastically with Arsenal and then opt at the last minute for a club whose fans continue to chant support for one of Putin’s best mates.’
Russian tycoon Abramovich, 56, took over at Stamford Bridge in 2003 but was forced to sell the club in early 2022 after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, led by Putin, to whom he has close ties. The Russo-Ukrainian war is still ongoing.
In May, his exit from Chelsea was confirmed and US businessman Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital bought the club from him in a massive deal worth £4.25billion.
Abramovich remains popular among Chelsea fans and in last week’s 4-0 FA Cup thrashing against Manchester City, supporters sung chants about him and former boss Thomas Tuchel
Boehly then sacked manager Thomas Tuchel, who led the club to the 2020-21 Champions League title and remains popular with fans, and appointed Graham Potter from Brighton.
During their 4-0 FA Cup thrashing against Manchester City last week, Chelsea fans sang ‘we’ve got super Tommy Tuchel’ and sung positive chants about Abramovich, whose tenure was marked by winning lots of trophies despite plenty of sackings.
TV presenter Morgan previously declared himself to be ‘irrationally annoyed’ after Chelsea moved to the brink of signing Arsenal’s long-term target Mudryk, labelling their failed pursuit as a ‘fiasco’.
Morgan claimed the club ‘looks weak’ after missing out on Mudryk to London rivals Chelsea
‘How can this be happening? Ridiculous that Arsenal let this transfer saga drag on so long we’ve apparently ended up losing him,’ Morgan tweeted. ‘I’m irrationally annoyed about this Mudryk fiasco.
‘If Arsenal want to win the League this season, we can’t faff around for weeks on key targets and then get outflanked/outbid at the last minute. Looks weak. We must buy another top class striker ASAP.’
Chelsea take on Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon at Stamford Bridge after three losses in a row in all competitions, with Mudryk expected to be in the stands at the west London stadium ahead of his official arrival.