Arsenal Plan Move for Brazilian Hot-Shot to Help Ease Striker Shortage

Emirates Stadium side target Shakhtar Donestk forward.

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Arsenal are considering a January move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano.

The speedy striker has scored 45 goals in 107 games for the Russian club and his valuation represents decent value in an escalating market. Arsenal are also weighing up Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko and Napoli’s Edinson Cavani but they would both cost considerably more in both transfer fees and wages.

They need to off-load Marouane Chamakh in January to help free up wages but are also wary of losing Theo Walcott, with Liverpool interested.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Luiz Adriano is one of a number of Brazilian talents who have helped make Shakhtar Donetsk a force in Ukrainian football as well as a very decent Champions League competitor. Arsene Wenger was offered the 25 year old striker in the summer but opted instead to pursue and sign Frenchman Olivier Giroud.

There is certainly room for striking reinforcements at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger sold Robin Van Persie and Carlos Vela to Man United and Real Sociedad respectively and then further diminished his attacking options by opting to loan out Nicklas Bendtner, Park Chu-Young and youngster Joel Campbell to Juventus, Celta Vigo and Real Betis and is now beginning to feel the paucity of options in this role still available in his first team squad.

Adriano is into his seventh season at the Donbass Arena and has won the domestic title four times and could therefore feel he has achieved as much as he can in Ukraine and would certainly be interested in a move to the Premier League.

Luis Adriano has scored 58 goals in his last 118 appearances for Shakhtar.

There could be an issue with claiming a work permit for the Brazilian as he is yet to be capped at any level.

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