Monday, July 19, 2010

Shakhtar Donetsk Linked with Eduardo of Arsenal

Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk has now been heavily linked with Arsenal’s Croatian striker Eduardo. Reports available in the media suggest that Shakhtar is very close to swoop the 27-year-old for £6 million and has offered the striker £50,000-a-week salary.

Eduardo has lost manager Arsene Wenger’s favor over the last one and half year as he failed to regain the form that once looked formidable after coming back from a horrible leg injury sustained in 2008.

Since the end of the last season speculation was ripe Eduardo would leave the Emirates stadium this summer. Aston Villa and Besiktas have also revealed their interest in the former Dinamo Zagreb striker.

Shakhtar Donetsk would offer Eduardo Champions League football and their financial offers also looks pretty much lucrative for Eduardo. Shakhtar is trying to strengthen its squad by bringing in some quality player like Brazilian striker Robinho, Luis Suarez from Ajax, and Paraguay star Oscar Cardozo.

The arrival of Eduardo could convince his Croatia teammate Darijo Srna to stay at Shakhtar Donetsk despite being linked with a move to Chelsea.

At 27, it seems to be the right move for Eduardo. Arsenal has a number of quality options in Robin van Persie, Andrey Arshavin, Marouane Chamakh and Nicklas Bendtner in their attacking line up. So, it would not be easy for Eduardo to get his regular place back in the Arsenal first eleven and it would be better if he moves to somewhere else seeking more first team football.

Eduardo joined Arsenal in 2007 in a move away from Dinamo Zagreb and has so far played 41 premier league matches scoring 6 goals.

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