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Shakhtar stump up €2m for Ishchenko

Ukrainian champions FC Shakhtar Donetsk have made Mykola Ishchenko their first summer signing, agreeing a €2m fee for a share in the FC Karpaty Lviv defender.

Defender Mykola Ishchenko, pictured with Karpaty
Defender Mykola Ishchenko, pictured with Karpaty ©FC Karpaty Lviv

Controlling interest
The 25-year-old, who has scored four times in 74 appearances for Karpaty, has joined Mircea Lucescu's side on undisclosed terms in a deal which also sees Shakhtar goalkeeper Bohdan Shust and defender Denys Kozhanov join the Lviv side on loan. Shaktar have paid €2m for a 60 per cent share of Ishchenko's registration, with Karpaty president Petro Dimynskiy saying: "I am sure Mykola will soon be a Ukraine international regular like another one of our old trainees, Dmytro Chygrynskiy, who move to Donetsk before him. That will be a success we share in too." Shakhtar will start their 2008/09 UEFA Champions League campaign in the third qualifying round.