The Daily Star [referring to Football Insider] note that the Blues have put a contract offer ‘on the table’ for the forward, and are now hoping both that the player accepts terms and that the Ukrainian giants accept their £30 million bid.
The deal is still far from being completed, with the tabloid reporting that the Eastern European heavyweights intend on keeping hold of their man until the summer, but the Pensioners may be quietly confident that they have the resources to tempt Shakhtar into a sale.
Not only is the attacker a quality operator, but he is also in a rich vein of form, and may be seen by the reigning champions as an ideal addition to give them the midseason boost they need to begin climbing up the table.
He’s bagged an astonishing 26 goals in 26 outings so far this term, and if he can translate that form to the Premier League, the west Londoners’ feint hopes of securing a return to the Champions League via a top-four finish may be realised.
The 26-year-old has been with the Donetsk-based club since 2009 when he moved from Brazilian giants Vasco da Gama.
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