However, that feeling of optimism could soon be dampened if Chelsea fail to secure Fernandez in the current window. The west London outfit have made it clear they are willing to enter the race for Mudryk if Arsenal cannot stump up the required fee and, with limited funds to spend in January, Mikel Arteta could face disappointment in trying to land his top target.
Mudryk is believed to favour a move to north London after expressing his admiration for Arteta on social media and was the Ukrainian starlet was recently spotted watching Arsenal’s Premier League win over Brighton from afar.
But money talks in the modern transfer market and Mudryk is unlikely to turn down the Blues if they are the only club left in the hunt.
Chelsea have indicated they are ready to pounce by using the funds they would have spent on Fernandez to steal Mudryk away from their London rivals instead, meaning Arsenal must be quick to push through a deal before they are left exposed to the Todd Boehly’s financial power.