Champions League scoring ace opens Liverpool & Arsenal door

Luiz Adriano has confessed that his performances and looming contract expiration means it’s unlikely he’ll be a Shakhtar Donetsk player in 2016, amid speculation that both Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in him.

The Brazil international has been one of the Ukrainian side’s key men for some time and has been in impressive form this season.

He has five league goals to his name in 15 outings for Shakhtar, but his really strong performances have come in Champions League action, where he hit nine before his side were eliminated in the last 16 by Bayern Munich.

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His tally means he remains the showpiece tournament’s best goal-getter as it stands, with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi behind him.

Arsenal and Liverpool have both been linked with moves for the player in recent times, with his future up in the air as the December 2015 expiry date on his contract looms.

And the 27-year-old has confessed that he’s ready to leave Ukraine:

“My plan is to respect the contract, which has not been renewed and will expire in December 2015,” he is quoted by talkSPORT.

“I am in a good moment of my career and we’ll do what will be best for me and for the club.

“With my contract set to expire and many good performances, it’ll be difficult to stay in Ukraine.”