There is news today in Italy that Newcastle United are interested in Shakhtar Donetsk striker Facundo Ferreyra, and the news is being reported by the news outlet Tutto Mercato.
Facundo Ferreyra – 23 year-old Argentine U20 striker
The 23 year-old Argentine striker wants to leave the Ukrainian Premier League club, which is based in Donetsk, and it’s because of the fighting going on with pro-Russian rebels in the area – and that’s not surprising.
A number of the Shakhtar Donetsk players have refused to return to pre-season training because of the risk it entails – given there is (almost) a civil war going on in eastern Ukraine.
The recent news is that Russian troops are gathering on the Russian border with Ukraine, and heavy arms are being transported to the pro-Russian rebels fighting in eastern Ukraine.
The club has moved their training base to Kyiv, and they will play their matches now in Lviv, which is over 600 miles from Donetsk, but this situation is hardly ideal for their players.
Ferreyra stands around 6′ 2¨ tall and he has played 12 times for the Argentine U20 side with 5 goals, and his previous clubs include Banfield and Velez Sarsfield, both of which are based in the Buenos Aries area of Argentina.
Ferreyra moved to the Ukraine only last summer, and he has a contract which still has four years to run, and last season he played 22 times for Shakhtar with 6 goals and 2 assists.
While at Banfield he played 56 games with 14 goals and 5 assists, and at Velez Sarsfield he scored 17 goals in 25 total appearances, before moving to the Ukraine.
The striker is valued at around £4M, but having not seen him play, we don’t know if he is good enough for Newcastle.
What do you think?
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