Chelsea hold talks to sign £65M Midfielder

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CHELSEA have held talks about signing Georgiy Sudakov from Shakhtar Donetsk this summer.

Express Sport’s Charlie Gordon understands that Spurs and the club are among several clubs to have shown a strong interest in the midfielder, with frequent talks taking place in the lead-up to the summer transfer window.

Such is their confidence in Sudakov, senior figures at the club firmly believe that a sequence of games on a major international stage will send his price tag soaring. Ukraine have been drawn against Romania, Slovakia and Belgium in Group E.

The club’s CEO, Sergei Palkin, recently confirmed the midfielder’s time at the Miners is set to come to an end.

Palkin, who was involved with Mykhailo Mudryk’s £88.5m ($110m) move to Chelsea last year, said: “This summer window, he has a big chance to move to some big clubs. We have had some contacts with big clubs and some are not negotiating with us directly but are getting a feel for the summer environment.

‘He will definitely move to a top European club this summer. When I was at CHELSEA versus Everton on Monday, many people asked me about Sudakov.”

He added: “I told Napoli in January they could have him for €50m (£42.8m) plus bonuses, and they offered €40m (£34.2m), but I said to them to close the deal now or lose this unique chance.

‘Now, it will not be €50m. They would have no chance to do that now because we have many more clubs looking. The most interest will come from English clubs. For me, he will become one of the best midfielders in Europe and the world.

‘We don’t want clubs to seek discounts because we are at war. An example was for Mudryk. We are quite strong.”

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