It was an open secret, but now it is official. Viktor Kovalenko joins Atalanta from Shakhtar Donetsk for around 700,000 euros. The 25 year-old midfielder had never left the Ukrainian League in his career.
The Italian side officially announced his arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk. He came through the club’s academy and even become one of the best players in the Ukrainian league. Several media outlets indicated that the move was completed for 700,000 euros.
It was eye catching that, in the official statrement, there was no mention of how long his Atalanta contract will last. Bearing in mind he is young and it is his first move in his career. he has most probably signed for the rest of this season and one more, although nothing has been confirmed.
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He arrives in Bergamo short of match fitness. In the first half of the current season, he took part in 11 matches and he started five of them. He scored four goals in that time, more than in the whole of the previous campaign.
It is funny that Atalanta have got him for less than a million euros because his market value, according to ProFootballDB, BeSoccer’s database, is a lot greater. The move could include some variables which would explain the low fee.