Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano could be on the move to England after confirming he will not be sticking around in Ukraine and will not renew his contract which expires in December, with Arsenal and Liverpool linked.
Adriano is the current UEFA Champions League top goalscorer after netting nine times in seven games before Shakhtar’s elimination at the last 16 stage to Bayern Munich. That has led to numerous clubs watching him this year, with a host of European sides believed to be interested.
With his contract expiring at the end of 2015 he has been quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph: “My plan is to respect my contract, which has not been renewed and will expire in December 2015.
“I am in a good moment in my career and we’ll do what will be best for me and my club. With my contract set to expire and many good performances, it’ll be difficult to stay in Ukraine.”Embed from Getty Images
He isn’t the only Brazilian looking for a way out of Ukraine with Douglas Costa issuing a ‘come and get me plea’ to Chelsea. The recently capped Brazilian striker could follow former teammates Fernandinho and Willian to the Premier League, who play for Manchester City and Chelsea respectively.
Luiz Adriano has been at Shakhtar since 2007 and has won countless honours, including six Ukrainian Premier League titles, four Ukrainian Cups and a UEFA Cup in 2009 – the final of which he scored in.
With question marks over the futures of Rickie Lambert, Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini at Liverpool, the Reds may be obliged to sign the Brazilian forward who has two caps for his country.
Arsenal are also known to be in the hunt for Adriano as they look to bolster an attack that already boasts Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Yaya Sanogo.Embed from Getty Images
Arsenal might want to wait to make the move as he becomes a free agent next January but Shakhtar could be looking to sell him in the summer and claim some money for their talisman before it’s too late.
Back in February, Luis Adriano expressed his frustration at not joining Roma in the January transfer window after a €13 million bid was rejected by Shakhtar Donetsk.
“We know that the two clubs failed to reach an agreement and that’s why I stayed here,” Luiz Adriano told Sky Sport Italia.
Where will Luiz Adriano move to next? Would a move to the Premier League suit the Brazilian?