Brentford boss Thomas Frank has fooled West London rivals Chelsea by spending so much money on Mykhailo Mudryk.
The Blues confirmed the arrival of the 22-year-old international winger from Ukraine on Sunday after a battle with Premier League side Arsenal over his signature.
Chelsea will pay Shakhtar Donetsk a total of €100 million (£88.5 million) for Mudryk with €70 million (£62 million) upfront and €30 million (£26.5 million) in fees.
Brentford was said to have nearly signed Mudryk for £20m six months ago simply because agents demanded the deal be thwarted.
Mudryk has now signed an eight-and-a-half-year contract at Stamford Bridge, which will keep him at the West London club until 2032.
“There’s a lot of money in football,” Brentford manager Frank said when asked about Mudryk’s move to Chelsea. Especially in the Premier League.
“From the outside I think Mudryk is a very good player, but a hundred million euros is a lot for a player who [only] show great potential.
“He probably needs to do a bit more, but maybe that’s just the price tags these days. I think it’s crazy.
“They bought him… then they bought… no… oh there are rumors about the PSV man [Noni Madueke] In addition. I think they have enough wingers, that’s their problem!
“Sometimes the price goes up in a bidding war and then you sometimes pay too much.
“It looks like a very, very expensive player. His resume is about a lot of money. But maybe it will be worth it in two years.”
Brentford are having a fantastic season in the Premier League and are eighth after 19 games.
The Bees are two places ahead of No. 10 Chelsea and the West London sides will meet at Stamford Bridge on April 26 after their October encounter ended in a 0-0 draw.
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