Tim Sherwood believes Arsenal have got the better deal by losing out to Chelsea in the race for Mykhailo Mudryk and eventually signing Leandro Trossard in January.
Arsenal were reportedly very close to signing Mudryk a couple of months ago but Chelsea beat them to an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the winger.
The Blues might have to pay up to a reported £89million for the deal, but Arsenal were reportedly prepared to spend €70m (£62m) plus add-ons for the 22-year-old, too.
Fortunately for Arsenal, they had a Plan B, and it was significantly cheaper. The north London side signed Trossard from Brighton for a reported £20m, plus up to £7m in add-ons.
Sherwood is convinced that Arsenal must be happy with the outcome.
“Recruitment has been brilliant,” Sherwood told Sky Sports (via Football Daily) when speaking about Arsenal’s season.
“To bring in Trossard… I mean he knows the Premier League inside out, he can hit the floor running, know exactly what he’s going to get…
“Mudryk looks like a good miss [for Arsenal] at the moment.”
It is hard to argue that Trossard has since done much better than Mudryk.
Trossard has already had one goal and five assists for Arsenal, while Mudryk has so far registered just one assist for Chelsea.
But, as Sherwood himself pointed out, it was rather expected. Unlike Mudryk, Trossard did not need to adapt to a new league.
From Arsenal’s perspective, this might be what they needed amid their title push.
On the other hand, Chelsea are rebuilding their squad and decided that Mudryk’s potential was something worth investing in.
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