Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Rumour Roundup: June 26th, 2013

We've actually had some big and highly anticipated moves rumoured this week, so let's jump right in and have a look at them.

Done Deals:
Zenit players Igor Denisov and Mikhail Kerzhakov have joined Anzhi for a combined fee of 15.5 million. Denisov made 253 appearances in 11 years at the club, scoring 23 goals and being capped for the Russian national team 37 times. Kerzhakov was not nearly as successful, failing to make a league appearance for the club and only being capped for the under-21 national team 3 times.

Spartak Moscow have announced that Schalke 04 midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado has joined the team on a permanent transfer, having spent the 2012-13 season on loan at the club, making 18 appearances in the league and scoring 3 goals.

Looking Likely:
Anzhi are looking to complete the signing of either Newcastle's Senegalese forward Papiss Demba Cisse or Vitesse's Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony. They plan to offer Newcastle €18 million for Cisse's services, which is about €12 million short of the asking price, while they also face competition from Swansea for Bony.

New Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants to swoop for Spartak winger Aiden McGeady and CSKA playmaker Keisuke Honda. Both McGeady and Honda have long been linked with moves away from their clubs and have both gone on record as saying they would be willing to move this summer, with their contracts expiring in December this year (Honda) and June next year (McGeady. Martinez came close to signing McGeady for Wigan on deadline day in January, but was unable to agree terms. Meanwhile, Honda has been heavily linked with AC Milan in recent weeks.

Anzhi utility player Odil Akhmedov has claimed that Arsenal scouts have been watching him play and are interested in a €4 million move. If the move were to be completed, Akhmedov would become the first Uzbek to play in the English Premier League

Low Chance:
Polish midfielder Maciej Rybus has stated he will not be leaving Terek Grozny this summer, despite being linked with clubs such as Zenit in recent weeks. Since joining last summer, Rybus has played 30 league games, scoring a respectable 7 goals.

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