CHELSEA can’t contain their glee over beating Arsenal to £97million Mykhail Mudryko – judging by their odd behaviour on Instagram.
Arsenal thought they had the Ukraine international in the bag but were hoping his club would reduce their sky-high demands.
Mudryk, 22, had even regularly teased a moved to the Emirates himself on social media.
But Chelsea gazumped them at the last minute with a stunning £97million offer to take their jaw-dropping January spending past £150m.
And they were quick to rub it in to their London rivals, by adding the winger’s Instagram handle to their official page’s bio – even though the deal is not yet official.
They then urged fans to get involved as they posted a picture of their incoming star roaring with delight, alongside the words: “Drop @mmudryk10 a message to show some love!”
That plea, though, sparked a hostile reaction from many followers.
One replied: “Chelsea is embarrassing right now, We all know he wants to go to Arsenal we’re even putting him on our bio trying to get him to sign w/us is absolutely low.
“If you don’t want to join us we must not sign you no matter the talent. this is not the Chelsea I know.”
Another said: “This club ruins young talent like no other.”
A third fan was even more brutal: “Feel bad for him. He deserves better than coming here and lose every week.”
And how about this for pessimism? “I wish you the best of luck with no European football next season. Yet another career ruined. Come on you Blues.”
But of course some supporters did rally round as they anticipate soon watching one of Europe’s most exciting talents.
One wrote: “Admin on fire tonight . We are Chelsea Football Club.”
Mudryk is said to have accepted a seven-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge, despite previously stating his preference was Arsenal.
The Gunners agreed personal terms but are understood to have bowed out of the bidding war after having two offers rejected.