Shakhtar signs Facundo Ferreyra on 5-year contract

Shakhtar Donetsk says it has signed Argentine forward Facundo

Ferreyra from Velez Sarsfield on a five-year contract in a transfer

worth $9 million.

The 22-year-old Ferreyra moved from Banfield to Velez Sarsfield

and was the team’s top scorer in his first season as it won the

Primera Division title in 2012, capturing 13 goals.

”I am very happy,” Ferreyra said. ”I was flattered by the

interest expressed by Shakhtar, and I will try to fully compensate

for the trust with my performance on the pitch and with good goals.

You can expect a lot of goals from me.”

The move comes a day after Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan

departed to Borussia Dortmund on Monday. Also, Brazilian playmaker

Fernandinho’s transferred to Manchester City in June. Shakhtar has

also signed Brazilian winger Alan Patrick.

Ferreyra scored 32 goals in 79 matches in Argentina’s top

flight. He has also played for the country’s under-20 side and was

a bronze medalist of the 2011 South American Youth

Championship.