Chelsea have been accused of bullying Premier League rivals Arsenal in the transfer market by former Premier League striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Chelsea have hijacked Arsenal’s bid for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhailo Mudryk, with the winger set to sign a 7 year contract with Chelsea.
“With this transfer, Chelsea have bullied Arsenal, they have financially bullied them,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.
“They went over and spoke to his agent and probably told him, ‘We’ll give you [the agent] more, we’ll give the player more in wages and we’ll give the club more money up front’.
“Arsenal were maybe going to give him £100,000 or £150,000-a-week, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Chelsea offered him £250,000 or £300,000-a-week!
“Chelsea can just turn up with an open wallet and say, ‘What do you want?’ I think it’s a good signing, but it’s going to hurt Arsenal and it’s going to hurt Arsenal fans.”
Mudryk has scored seven goals and made seven assists in 12 league appearances for Shakhtar this season, and scored three Champions League goals.