Italian news outlet, Tutto Mercato is reporting that Newcastle United could be set to provide Argentine striker, Facundo ‘Chucky’ Ferreyra a route out of Ukraine as the player is a group of Shakhtar Donetsk players who have refused to return following the countries unrest.
Ferreyra moved to Shakhtar from Vélez Sarsfield in 2013 for around $7 million and scored 6 goals as The Miners won another Ukrainian league title.
Newcastle were reportedly keen on Ferreyra prior to his move to Ukraine and had been a number of sides who watched the young striker impress in Vélez’s 2012 Torneo Inicial winning side. Ferreyra was top goal scorer that season and his goal scoring record at both Vélez and previously at Banfield had attracted plenty of European attention.
Still only 23, Ferreyra has much to offer and is a centre-forward capable of scoring a variety of goals.
Shakhtar are unlikely to accept a minimal fee given their financial power and the fact that Ferreyra is contracted to the club until 2018. However, given the instability of the region and the players desire to leave, interest from several sides is expected.
Any link to Newcastle at this stage appears to be simply speculative. A previous link and now his want to leave Shakhtar could be the reason that this is being reported but if the price was right, Chucky would represent real value for money.