While Shakhtar Donetsk continue their complete domination of domestic football in the Ukraine, a number of their players are starting to attract worldwide attention from other clubs. We all know about the lengthy rumours over Willian but latest reports link Spurs with his striking colleague Luiz Adriano.
The 25 year old averages almost a goal every other game for his side and has a similar record this season – four goals in ten appearances as Shakhtar continue their 100% league record from fifteen matches.
The majority of these reports suggest that the Ukrainians are willing to sell both players – along with another Brazilian, Fernandinho, and any deals may even be done as early as January. The issue however – certainly for Spurs, Liverpool and a host of clubs is the price with Shakhtar underlining the extent of Willian’s buy-out clause,
Asked about Inter Milan’s interest in the player, Shakhtar’s coach Mirceu Lucescu said,
“If Moratti asks me about Willian, I will tell him that Shakhtar want to achieve things in Europe and will not sell their players. There’s the buy-out clause, though, which is €35m for Willian,”
It seems that Chelsea have once again set the bar for everyone to fall under,
“Chelsea paid €31m for Oscar this summer. The difference between Willian and Oscar is that Willian is much more mature, and has already plenty of Champions League experience and has played in a strong European league for years,” Lucescu added.
There is mixed opinion on the Adriano fee but it doesn’t seem that Shakhtar are the easiest to negotiate with – nor are they willing to sell players for less that their sizeable valuations.
Either of these deals may still happen but it’s hard to see anything happening in January – if at all.