Sunday, 18 July 2010


Shakhtar Donetsk are on the verge of signing Croatian international striker Eduardo Da Silva from Arsenal FC for 7m Euro's. The 27 year old will be attracting by playing in Champions League and by playing alongside his Croatia international teammate Dario Srna. Srna enjoys a excellant contract at Shakhtar and needed little encouragement to stay on, but will be more than satisfied to now see his national team colleague arriving. Eduardo will also be attracted by the number of Brazilian's in the squad. Jadson, Luiz Adriano, Douglas Costa, Fernandinho and Wilian have all been excellant performers in a Shaktar shirt and will help Eduardo settle. Eduardo will replace another Brazilian Illsinhio who's contract expired.

Croatia were keen for Eduardo to settle his future, after his career at Arsenal became effected by injury problem following his horrific leg break in 2008. Niklas Bendtner, Robin Van Persie, Andrei Arshavin and Carlos Vela had all established themselves ahead of him and with Maroune Chamahk arriving, it was preferable for Eduardo to find new surroundings. Eduardo's transfer should help him hold his place in the Croatian national team where competition has become fierce. Next season Mladen Petric (HSV), Ivica Olic (Bayern), Mate Bilic (Sporting Gijon), Nikola Kalinic (Blackburn), Nikica Jelavic (Rapid Vienna) are all positioned to challenge for a place in the squad.

Mario Mandzukic (Wolfsburg), Srdjan Lakic (Kaiserslautern), Mario Gavranovic (Schalke), Daniel Cesarec (Aris Salonika) and Andrej Keric (Bursaspor) have also all step up to bigger clubs. Such moves means it is imperative for Ivan Klasnic to decide upon his next club as soon as possible. A new deal with Bolton Wanderers appears to be stalling over Klasnic's personal terms, whilst the player may also look elsewhere after coach Owen Coyle failed to trust the player in the starting line up in the second half of the season. Klasnic's ultimate destination could be Hoffenham who are recieving major interest in Vedad Ibisevic.