Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Rumour Roundup: July 17th, 2013

It's the first RPL matchweek, so inevitably all of the news this week is on the actual matchweek rather than transfers, so this is a short Rumour Roundup. Also, I'm sick of rumours about Keisuke Honda, so nothing more about him until he leaves or signs a new contract.

Done Deals:
Vladimir Dyadyun has signed for Dynamo Moscow from Rubin Kazan, despite being the club's second highest scorer last season. Dyadyun started his career at Rubin and spent 3 spells away from the club at Rostov, Tom Tomsk and Spartak Nalchik, but this is his first permanent move away from the club. Dyadyun is presumably seen as a replacement for Aleksandr Kokorin and will likely rotate starts with Andriy Voronin and Kevin Kuranyi.

Looking Likely:
FC Twente's central defender Douglas is believed to be close to signing for Dynamo after the Dutch press reported that he was in Moscow to have a medical. Dinamo have been looking a little low on depth and quality in defence since allowing Denis Kolodin to leave on a free transfer.

Zenit have reportedly made an offer in the range of €22 million for Internacional's Leandro Damiao, despite reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli. Internacional's asking price is reported to be €25 million for the 23 year old, who had an impressive first three years and 2012 Olympics, but has had a sub-par 2013, riddled with injuries and patches of poor form.

Zenit have also lodged an offer for Cagliari's central midfielder Radja Nainggolan to fill out the squad's thin midfield. Zenit have lacked depth after the sale of Igor Denisov and the retirement of Sergei Semak. The offer is rumoured to be around €15 million, which is close to Cagliari's reported €18 million asking price.

Low Chance:
Dynamo have received no offer for out of favour Igor Semshov, who wants more playing time after playing only 22 matches in all competitions last season. The 35 year old central midfielder was first choice for Russia for almost 10 years but hasn't made an appearance for the national team since June 2012.

And yes, every rumour includes either Zenit or Dynamo. That's just the way this week's gone.

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