2023 Jan Transfer The window so far has been very exciting. We’ve seen some interesting action in the Premier League, with some sides planning carefully and others taking to the market like Career Mode.
The gunners bided their time and managed it The Temptation of Leandro Trossard Far from being placed at a disadvantage at Brighton for a seemingly cut-price deal – the club’s only confirmed arrival so far.
Meanwhile, the Blues saw new players arrive at Cobham, with Mykhailo Modric It stands out as the most popular in Hollywood but also the most flop-prone.
But who, given the signings of these two wide forwards, got a better deal, Arsenal or Chelsea?
The first and easiest reference point when determining whether you got a “good” deal is each player’s price. Now, quite clearly, one side paid more for its attacker than the other.
While Trossard’s falling out with Roberto De Zerbi allowed Mikel Arteta to swoop in and negotiate a deal that might have involved greater financial compensation in different circumstances, Modric’s importance and value at Shakhtar Donetsk drove Graham Potter and Chelsea to the other end of the spectrum.
Compared to Trossard’s £27m move, Mudryk’s fee of around £89m is staggering. Both players have been signed to long-term deals so, although the new Chelsea winger boasts a longer contract, the fee refuses to conform to logic on paper.
Does it reflect quality and experience, though? Quite simply, no – once again Arsenal seem to have got a better finish.
While Trossard is now well established Premier League A player who shows his quality in the toughest challenges, Mudryk hasn’t even reached 50 league appearances.
The new Arsenal man has arrived at the Emirates on the back of a solid three-and-a-half years in England’s First Division with… Brighton. The Belgian’s progression at the Seagulls reached new heights last season as he produced consistently bright performances throughout, and he left the club this season having scored seven goals and assisted three in the Premier League already.
On the other hand, Modric left Shakhtar after playing a total of 38 matches in the Ukrainian Premier League across three clubs. However, his numbers are quite intimidating – as is his seldom-seen talent for driving forward and defeating opponents with ease.
While Trossard’s career may have been slow, 22-year-old Modric was a firecracker, impressing everyone who saw him in action. The winger leaves Ukraine having scored 21 goals in those 38 league matches, leaving Shakhtar with seven goals and six assists in the first half of the season.
This is where this debate becomes more problematic; A matter of age and potential – factors on which transfer fees depend the most.
At 28, Trossard could progress further to become a quality asset for the Gunners – and he undoubtedly already has the platform to do so – but, at 22, Mudryk has the whole world at his feet, as Arsenal knows all too well. They failed to pursue him.
His supreme dexterity with the ball at his feet, his consistently tangible production in his short time on the field so far in his career, and his visual love of flair and excitement give him the platform to establish himself as a Premier League stalwart, favorite and – dare we say – one of Chelsea’s greats in years to come. .
It’s hard to paint in black and white who got a better deal.
It cannot be denied that Arsenal signing Trossard is more logical and frugal and, in the very short term, likely to be more fruitful.
However, Chelsea’s acquisition of Modric is exciting, fascinating and captivating. Boasting the attributes that make one mind recall the glory days of Neymar and Eden Hazard in the blue, Modric certainly has the potential to repay those hefty transfer fees. As we know, adapting to the Premier League can be a tough mistress.
The risk assessment will have a field day deciding the day but, as football romantics and keen neutrals, we have to champion Chelsea’s huge business.