JULY 22 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

JULY 22 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

SHAKHTAR SIGN EDUARDO FROM ARSENAL

Shakhtar Donetsk have signed striker Eduardo from Arsenal.

The Croatia international, who suffered a career-threatening broken leg in 2008 and never found his way back to a regular position at Arsenal, signed for the Ukraine Champions for $9 million.

“FC Shakhtar have signed a Brazilian-born Croatian forward Eduardo Da Silva from Arsenal London on a 4-year contract being anticipated by all the international media.” The club website said. “Within the nearest time the newcomer will be introduced to Ukrainian media representatives as well as to the Pitmen fans.”

The 27-year-old leaves the Gunners having scored 20 goals in 67 appearances for the Gunners.

“We wanted to buy Eduardo before he moved to Arsenal.” Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu said. “Not everything went his way last season, but he is still a player of very high quality, a real marksman. Yes, he had a serious injury, we are aware of the risk, but at the same time we realize he can give a lot to Shakhtar. We expect a lot from Eduardo.”

LIVERPOOL SIGN DANNY WILSON

Scotland U19 international Danny Wilson has signed for Liverpool after passing a medical.

The 18-year-old defender comes to Anfield from Scottish Premier League Champions Rangers on a three-year deal worth as much as $7.5 million depending on results.

The Glasgow superclub would have made virtually nothing if the kept Wilson until his contract ended in a year.

“Danny was entering the final year of his contract with the club and had indicated that he felt it was in his interests to move on,” Rangers chief executive Martin Bain told the clubs website. “Given that and the value of the offer from Liverpool it was deemed appropriate to accept that offer given the player wanted to go.”

Wilson himself is delighted with the move and his new club.

“It’s a great feeling to sign for Liverpool,” Wilson told LFC TV. ‘”Wherever you go everyone knows Liverpool FC and I am just very happy to be here. This is a massive challenge for me. This is one of the best leagues in the world and I will be playing for one of the biggest teams in the world.”

“Coming here from Scotland, people may say I might not be ready for this, but that is a challenge I want to put on myself and that’s the reason I came here.

“Everyone knows about the history of this football club with 18 league titles. It wasn’t a difficult decision to come here as Liverpool are not a team who come in for you every day, so I can’t wait to get started. There were other clubs interested in me who are in the Champions League, but once Liverpool came in for me there was only one team I wanted to go to.”

BAYERN LOSE OUT ON VAN DER WIEL

Bayern Munich have lost out on the chance to add Netherlands international Gregory van der Wiel to a team that already includes Dutch standouts Arjen Robben and Mark van Bommel, as well as Dutch manager Louis van Gaal.

The Bavarian giants were in discussions with van der Wiel’s club Ajax about signing the 22-year old right back but a deal could not be done in time, according to the Ajax website, which said “Ajax and Bayern Munich are no longer in talks about Gregory van der Wiel.”

Capped 15 times for the Netherlands, starting five of his countries World Cup matches this summer, including the final.  His standout performance has him linked with the elite clubs of European football.

CHELSEA LOSE CECH FOR SEASON OPENER

Premier League Champions Chelsea will start the season without their number one goalkeeper as Petr Cech has suffered a calf injury and will be out a month.

Cech was injured during training on Tuesday and is expected to miss Chelsea’s opening Premier League fixture against West Brom on August 14.

“Scans have shown Petr Cech has torn a calf muscle in his right leg and the goalkeeper is expected to be out for a month,” a club statement read.

Chelsea have Portuguese keeper Henrique Hilario who has appeared 19 times for the club.

CALAMITY JAMES A HOT PROPERTY

Celtic boss Neil Lennon says the possibility of landing keeper David James is  “very encouraging”. James has expressed interest in joining Celtic this summer.

The England international is on a free transfer this summer after playing for Portsmouth last season and Celtic became a viable option when they sold staring keeper Artur Boruc to Fiorentina last week.

“We are still a long way off and it’s early days in terms of negotiation,” Lennon said. “But just the fact he is interested is very encouraging from our point of view. I want to get the best goalkeeper I possibly can. Not only for the league and Europe but also someone who can fill Artur’s shoes – and he’s one who can.”

Meanwhile, the 39-year-old James is being sought by Sunderland, who lost their number one goalkeeper Craig Gordon to a broken arm that will rule him out of the start of the Premier League campaign. Black Cats backup keeper Martin Fulop is rumored to be on his way out of the Stadium of Light and Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has his eye on James to solve the problem.

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