Unsettled by the situation in war-torn Ukraine, a Shakhtar Donetsk player has found his way to the Premier League.
Newcastle United confirmed on Sunday what’s been rumored for days: Argentine forward Facundo Ferreyra is joining the Magpies on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.
The 23-year-old, known as ‘Chucky’, joins up with good friend Fabricio Coloccini, who was apparently a big part of convincing Ferreyra to move to Northeast England.
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Ferreyra scored six goals for Shakhtar in just 854 minutes over 22 appearances last season after moving from Argentina’s Velez Sarsfield, where he struck 17 times in 25 games.
From Newcastle United’s official site:
Ferreyra said: “I am very pleased to sign for Newcastle United. I like the Premier League and when I knew that Newcastle were interested in me, it was a very easy decision to make.
“I spoke to my friend Fabricio Coloccini, and when he told me about the Club, I didn’t need to think twice.”
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said: “Facundo is someone we know on a number of levels, including his friendship with Fabricio (Coloccini), and we think he could be a big success here at Newcastle.
“This is a player who has played at the top level and is highly-regarded in Argentina. He has tremendous potential and hopefully he can realise that here at Newcastle United.”
Ferreyra joins a revitalized Newcastle attack that picked up Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco), Siem de Jong (Ajax) and Ayoze Perez (Tenerife) this summer.
Manchester United wants Ivan Perisic, and both the player and his current club are all about it.
Perisic, 28, is ready to leave Inter Milan, and the Serie A mainstays are happy to accept $46 million for his services according to Sky Sports.
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Primarily a left winger, Perisic moved to Inter from Wolfsburg at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored 10 goals and added nine assists in Serie A play this season, and has kept up his production pace since moving from the Bundesliga to Italy.
United needs stars and depth for its Champions League campaign, and Perisic would buttress an attack with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others. He was a difference maker for Croatia at EURO 2016, and can do the same at Old Trafford.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Celtic completed a trophy treble in Scottish soccer and finished the domestic season undefeated after beating Aberdeen 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final thanks to an injury-time goal on Saturday.
Midfielder Tom Rogic scored from an acute angle in the second minute of stoppage time at Hampden Park to ensure Celtic added the cup to the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup.
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Brendan Rodgers became the third manager, after Jock Stein (1967, 1969) and Martin O’Neill (2001), to lead Celtic to a treble of domestic titles.
Celtic hasn’t lost any of its 47 games across in the league and both cups, and is the first team to go through the whole of a Scottish domestic season unbeaten.
Blues striker Diego Costa offered some insight into his future following Chelsea’s FA Cup Final loss to Arsenal on Saturday.
The combustible striker was subject to a head-turning bid from the Chinese Super League this winter, but is only looking at two European locations for his future.
Those are his current club, Chelsea, as well as former home at Atletico Madrid.
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The 28-year-old Costa has kept his scoring pace level since arriving in the Premier League. He scored 64 goals in 134 matches for Atleti, and has notched 58 goals for Chelsea in 120 appearances.
Costa reportedly said, “No, no, no” when asked about China, as well as the following:
Sometimes, a match recap needs just a couple keywords instead of paragraphs.
For example: Messi, Barcelona, Cup Final, the best.
The greatest player on Earth was at it again on Saturday, scoring a deft goal before assisting a Paco Alcacer offering as Barcelona won another Copa del Rey with a 3-1 win over Alaves on Saturday.
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It’s a third-straight Copa del Rey for the Blaugranas, their 29th crown in the tournament’s history. Barca has also lost 10 Copa finals, the last in 2014 against Real Madrid.
Here’s the goal:
And the pass: