MYKHAILO MUDRYK is split over joining Arsenal or Chelsea – triggering a fierce two-way battle between the Premier League giants.
The two London rivals are slugging it out for the Shakhtar Donetsk winger with an £88 million price on his head.
The Ukrainian club’s top brass are in the capital meeting representatives of both clubs to try to seal a deal during this month’s transfer window.
It was initially believed that the player preferred a move to play for Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.
But it has emerged that Mudryk is now torn between that and joining Graham Potter’s slow-burn revolution at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal promises a trophy after just half a season with them five points clear at the top of the table.
But Chelsea are selling themselves on a ticket to long-term success and a return to greatness under new owner Todd Boehly.
Shakhtar’s sporting director Darijo Srna and CEO Serhii Palkin have been holding talks.
And they were in Boehly’s VIP box to see Chelsea lose at home to Manchester City on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, Chelsea winger Raheem Sterling has pulled a hamstring and faces time out on the club’s growing sick list.
Sterling underwent a scan today and the full extent of the injury will not be known for around 24 hours.
But he looks certain to join the nine other first teamers on the treatment table.
Those include fellow new-crock Christian Pulisic after he hobbled off after taking a whack in a crunching tackle from City defender John Stones.