Croatian international set for Emirates departure.
Shakhtar Donetsk are closing on a £6million deal for Arsenal’s Eduardo.
The Brazil-born Croatia striker has also attracted the attention of Aston Villa and Besiktas, but Shakhtar have the advantage of offering Champions League football and would pay the 27-year-old £50,000 a week.
Eduardo was pulled out of the pre-season friendly win at Barnet at the last minute on Saturday and is falling down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger hopes to add Joe Cole to attacking options that already include Robin van Persie, Marouane Chamakh, Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner.
Shakhtar, backed by a billionaire financier, are keen to strengthen for the Champions League and would ideally like to land a world-class forward such as Manchester City’s Robinho, Ajax star Luis Suarez or Oscar Cardozo of Paraguay.
But the signing of Eduardo is more achievable and could go some way to convincing captain Darijo Srna, a Chelsea target, to stay as the Croatia team-mates are friends. (Daily Mail)
Eduardo’s career at the Emirates has never quite got off the ground. He has shown glimpses of the lethal finisher Arsene Wenger had spent £7.5m on back in the summer of 2007 and obviously his year out with injury after Martin Taylor’s horror tackle set his progress back a great deal.
The 27 year has managed just 26 Premier League starts for the club and appears to be even lower down the Gunners pecking order following the arrival of Moroccan Marouane Chamakh. If a deal is to be struck with the Russian side then Wenger will want it completed before pre-season really gets going and it does seem that the Croatian is indeed heading for the exit.