World Football - Chelsea target Taison joins Shakhtar

Versatile Brazilian attacker Taison, a reported target of Chelsea, has joined Shakhtar Donetsk for £12.4 million from Metalist Kharkiv.

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Taison, who has moved from Metalist to Shakhtar (AFP)

With several clubs across Europe interested in the former Internacional star, Shakhtar activated the release clause in his contract.

Metalist had previously turned down a bid of £9.3m.

"On January 10, the presidents of Shakhtar and Metalist negotiated the transfer of Taison from the Kharkiv club to the Donetsk team," a statement on the club's official site read.

"Shakhtar paid $20m, and we got a player who really wanted to join our team. The Brazilian player's five-year contract started on January 11."

The Ukrainian Premier League is currently in its extended winter break, with the season set to resume on March 1 once the freezing weather has eased.

Shakhtar are 13 points clear at the top after 18 matches.

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