Over the past few years, Arsenal has made some truly incredible acquisitions.
William Saliba, Gabriel Martinelli, and Martin Odegaard, among others, may be regarded as some of the best signings of the current Premier League era, but Arsenal’s best commercial deal may have included a player they chose not to sign.
If you think back to January, you will recall that Mykhaylo Mudryk was a player for whom Arsenal was willing to pay £80 million. After nine months and no goals, it appears as though Arsenal got a lucky escape in this situation. Ultimately, the winger would move on to Chelsea.
Instead, the Gunners decided to spend £27 million on Leandro Trossard, who hasn’t exactly been a standout performer for Arsenal but has been more than enough in terms of value for money.
It’s interesting to note that Trossard is now reportedly worth the same as Mudryk in the ever-evolving world of football valuations.
Despite the enormous disparity in valuation in the January window, Trossard’s value is now exactly equal to Mudryk’s at €30 million (£25 million), according to CIES, a sports data observatory.
Naturally, Mudryk is younger and may ultimately have a higher ceiling, but with his disastrous start to life at Stamford Bridge, the Ukrainian’s worth has fallen sharply over the past few months while Trossard’s has climbed consistently.
Due to how closely their transfer sagas were related, these two players will always be linked. At this point more than ever, it seems Arsenal got the better deal by acquiring Trossard rather than Mudryk.
These days, Arsenal rarely makes a mistake during the transfer period, and this entire scenario is a good illustration of the Gunners doing just fine.