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Shakhtar's Luiz Adriano close to Palmeiras move

Brazilian forward Luiz Adriano claims he is close to sealing a move to Palmeiras from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 21-year-old, who joined Shakhtar from Internacional in 2007, admitted he had to first convince the European club to let him go and is now looking forward to working with former Brazil coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo.

"I have spoken to the Shakhtar board. At the beginning they did not want to release me, but they have accepted to do it now. The negotiations are on the right track," he told the Record radio station.

"I would like to return to Brazil and have the chance of being coached by Luxemburgo. That would be marvellous for me."

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