Mykhaylo Mudryk has made no secret of the fact that he would love to welcome one of his talented international team-mates to Chelsea. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is gearing up for his second transfer window at Stamford Bridge, and Ukrainian prodigy Georgiy Sudakov is a player in high demand.

Top clubs across the continent are lining up to try their hand at signing Sudakov, who rose through the ranks with Shakhtar Donetsk and has spent the past three seasons in and around the Ukrainian giants’ first team.

The midfielder and Mudryk formed a fruitful partnership at club level last season, and they also combined to devastating effect on the international stage. Back in July, Mudryk came up with an ingenious assist as Sudakov scored twice in a 3-1 win over France in the Under-21 European Championship.

“Usually it’s the opposite – he gives it to me and I score,” said the Chelsea star after the game. “And now he scored a penalty, and I thought – I need to score more. I do everything for my friend, I hope he just keeps scoring. I’m just promoting him!”.

When asked whether he would be pleased to welcome Sudakov to Stamford Bridge, Mudryk continued: “That would be great.”

Juventus are reportedly in pole position to sign the 21-year-old, who has started the new campaign with two goals in five league appearances. Arsenal, Manchester City and Brighton are also believed to be well informed on his situation ahead of a multi-way battle for his signature.

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