Stoke City had lodged an ambitious attempt to buy the ex-Arsenal player, Eduardo, but they look to have failed in their bid to sign the striker, reports talkSPORT. Rather than the Britannia Eduardo is headed to Brazil, where he will play for club-side, Flamengo.
Eduardo had previously spent 4 seasons in Ukraine at Shakhtar Donetsk. He became a well liked player for the club, although he couldn’t prove himself as a prolific goal-scorer. In not one of his 4 years at Donetsk did Eduardo manage to score 10 goals or more, his most successful campaign came last year in which he scored 9 times.
Despite that, Mark Hughes and Stoke City had been looking at bringing the striker into the Premier League club, as they look to improve on their top flight position next season. There is a notable rethink of approach at Stoke under Hughes, where an attacking emphasis has been reinstalled into the team. Eduardo would have become part of that, but it is not to be.
‘I thank the president, the coach, all my friends and our captain [Darijo] Srna, but above all the fans after my four years in Ukraine,’ said Eduardo upon leaving Donetsk. He will enter into Brazil at one of the lowest points of its footballing history from an international perspective. On Tuesday, the nation were incredibly dumped out of the World Cup that they are hosting, losing seven-one to Germany in the semi-finals.