Arsenal transfers may NEVER leak again – thanks to their new 'Mudryk clause'

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 22, 2023
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Arsenal inserted a confidentiality clause in the recent deal for Jakub Kiwior – in a bid to prevent Chelsea hijacking it – and will conduct business like this in future.

That's the incredible claim made by renowned transfer guru, Gianluca Di Marzio (opens in new tab) to (opens in new tab), following the Gunners' capture of the Spezia defender. The deal came somewhat out of the blue, with very few links to the Poland international before he signed a deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Now, Di Marzio said this was entirely deliberate, as Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu insisted on complete silence in the move, to avoid a repeat of Chelsea taking their target. 

Mykhaylo Mudryk applauds while being introduced to the fans on the pitch at half time during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on January 15, 2023 in London, England.

Mykhaylo Mudryk was hijacked by Chelsea – and Di Marzio says he understands why Arsenal have changed tack, now (Image credit: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

"It was a strange deal because after the Mudryk deal collapsed, Arsenal wanted to put in the contracts with the agents and clubs, all the parties involved in the deal, they couldn't speak about the deal otherwise it wouldn't go forward," Di Marzio says. 

"After Mudryk, where everybody was talking about him, then Chelsea arrived and got the player, now Arsenal have decided probably in every deal, this 'silent' part of the contract."

"Nobody knew about Kiwior to Arsenal till the end of this deal. And I understand Arsenal because every player they want to get, Chelsea arrives and offers more. I think it is difficult now even for English clubs with the ghost of Chelsea doing a deal with other clubs without anyone knowing."

With the example of Kiwior moving to the Gunners, it seems as though Arsenal moved quickly in order to beat the competition who were waiting until the summer. 

"In the beginning, he (Kiwior) was a target of AC Milan but they wanted to do it in the summer," Di Marzio continues.

"Napoli too and they also wanted to do in the summer. Villarreal tried, Borussia Dortmund tried. Arsenal was very quick and speedy because they anticipated that other clubs could arrive in June.

Arsenal unveil new signing Jakub Kiwior at London Colney on January 23, 2023 in St Albans, England.

Arsenal's new signing Jakub Kiwior was on the radar for a number of top European clubs – not unlike Mykhaylo Mudryk (Image credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

"Arsenal were very good in this deal and even from Spezia nobody talked because they were afraid the deal couldn't go forward.

"He is a very good player and I think Arsenal arrived first and the key was to anticipate the move in January because in June, Kiwior could have gone anywhere."

Kiwior is valued at €8m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab)

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.