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Newcastle Could Sign Argentinian Striker At Bargain Price Due To Conflict

6 years ago
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Due to the political situation in the Ukraine, a number of players including striker Facundo Ferreyra have refused to return to Shakhtar Donetsk

Italian media outlet Tutto Mercato have claimed that Newcastle have registered an interest in signing the Argentinian but their conversion rate of transfer rumours to reality isn’t great.

However, one thing in the story’s favour is that United have been previously linked with the player when he was playing for Velez Sarsfield in his native league, scoring 16 goals in only 22 league starts in the 2012/13 season. Shakhtar then paying around £7.5m for the then twenty two year old.

Ferreyra only scored 6 league goals for Donetsk last season but considering he only made 5 starts and 8 appearances from the bench, it is a decent return from limited opportunities.

The 23 year old helped Shakhtar to lift the Ukrainian league, making it two league titles in two season after doing the same with Velez Sarsfield in Argentina the previous season.

Always sad to see politics interfering in sport, as we have found out all too well in recent times with John Alder and Liam Sweeney amongst the many victims of the air tragedy in the Ukraine.

The sad reality is that clubs such as Shakhtar may lose many of their star players at bargain prices, or maybe they will go down the route of loan deals in the hope that the political situation can be brought to a peaceful conclusion, with football and normal living allowed to continue without this cloud hanging over the Ukraine.

At international level Facundo Ferreyra has been limited to under 20 appearances for Argentina.

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