Chelsea target Taison opts for Shakhtar move

Shakhtar Donetsk have signed Brazilian attacking midfielder Taison from Metalist Kharkiv.

Shakhtar Donetsk have signed Brazilian attacking midfielder Taison from Metalist Kharkiv.

The 24-year-old had looked certain to move to Stamford Bridge until the deal collapsed when Metalist were bought out by Serhiy Kurchenko, who wanted a larger fee than the £8.5m Chelsea were offering.

Taison had a £12.4m release clause in his contract and after Shakhtar agreed to meet it.

A statement on Shakhtar's club website said: "Donetsk side took advantage of the clause in Taison's contract, according to which he could leave his former club for $20 million.

"As a result, FC Shakhtar paid $20 million, and we got a player who really wanted to join our team. The Brazilian player's five-year contract started on 11 January."

 

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