Arsenal fans have speculated how much Bukayo Saka could cost in the current market compared to Mykhailo Mudryk following England’s win over Ukraine — and the results are brutal. The Gunners star provided the cross for Harry Kane, who put the Three Lions ahead, before he doubled his country’s lead just minutes later with a fantastic strike from range.
While Saka dazzled at Wembley, the Chelsea star struggled. Mudryk was heavily linked with a move to the north London outfit in January, only for the Blues to swoop in and hijack the deal.
FootballLondon understands that talks between Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk were thought to have initially progressed well. The Gunners remained in contact with the Ukrainian side and there was even confidence that they were going to wrap up a deal.
However, at the 11th hour, Chelsea hijacked the £88million deal and Mudryk was later unveiled at Stamford Bridge. Following Saka’s impressive display for England, large sections of the Arsenal fanbase have claimed that the Hale End graduate must be worth twice, some times thrice, as much as the Ukrainian.
So, with that being said, FootballLondon have compared the true market values of Saka and Mudryk using the CIES Football Observatory database. The Arsenal star, who despite only having 18 months or so remaining on his contract, is priced at €120million (£105.8million).
The Chelsea ace, however, is valued at just €25million (£22million) despite having penned a long-term deal in the summer. While there may be some hesitancy around the valuations, a CIES statement reads: “This tool presents price ranges for all of big-5 league players with a sufficient experience level. The right price estimates are available on a consultancy basis.”
Like many Arsenal fans in January, Ian Wright was ‘very excited’ at the prospect signing Mudryk. But, when speaking the Arsecast podcast, he insisted that the winger opted for Chelsea due to monetary reasons.
“With Mudryk I was very excited about that,” Wright said, in January. “With the money it started to get into the realm where it could knock us off our axis in terms of what we’re trying to do. He looks like the kind of guy that would fit into our group.
“I was a bit disappointed but not disappointed that Arsenal went ‘that’s fine’. He’s gone there for money, I’m not going to blame him because he’s someone who has had a lot more going on around him personally and in his life.
“We cannot talk about how much money he wants to take for whatever reason. I’m not even going there if I’m being totally honest. I was just disappointed we weren’t able to get him because of how good he is.”