Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Rumour Roundup: July 3rd, 2013

A few highly touted moves have either been completed in the last week or look set to be completed in the coming days, along with a few moves that have come out of nowhere. Let's take a look.

Done Deals:
Andrei Arshavin has finally rejoined Zenit on a free transfer. He made 308 appearances for the club between 2000 and 2009, scoring 75 goals before leaving to join Arsenal. His time in London was marked with inconsistency, eventually scoring 31 goals, including 4 in a 4-4 draw with Liverpool, in 143 appearances. He rejoined Zenit on loan in 2012, but the club opted to wait until his contract expired before making a permanent move for the former Russia captain.

Christopher Samba has rejoined Anzhi just 6 months after leaving them to join Queen's Park Rangers. Anzhi chairman Souleymane Kerimov claimed that "[Samba] expressed interest...Plus, the guys asked for him". It is believed that Anzhi made a profit in the region of €3.4 million, having sold Samba for €15 million and repurchased him for €11.6 million.

Spartak forward Artem Dzyuba has joined Rostov on loan for a season. Dzyuba had struggled for form in the tail end of last season and had found himself falling behind Ari and Waris in the pecking order for the crucial second striker role, so this move could improve his chances at Spartak when he returns or find him a suitor elsewhere.

Looking Likely:
Keisuke Honda is believed to have agreed personal terms with AC Milan, although this has yet to be confirmed by the player, Milan or his current club, CSKA Moscow. Honda's current deal expires in December and he has indicated that his time in Moscow has come to an end.

Aleksandr Kokorin has told Dynamo's board that he wishes to join Anzhi to further his career, although financial motives are suspected. Anzhi are apparently willing to pay Kokorin's €19 million release clause, meaning a move should be completed within the next few days.

Ari's time at Spartak looks to be nearing an end as he has been told that he will train and play with the club's reserve team until his contract expires in December, unless a team is willing to purchase him beforehand. This is the second move in as many days that indicates that Spartak is looking to completely reshape its strikeforce.

Spartak central defender Nicolas Pareja is reportedly edging towards a move to Sevilla, where he will reunite with former Spartak manager Unai Emery. Since Emery left the club, Pareja has struggled to get starts ahead of Juan Manuel Insuarralde and Marek Suchy, so this move could be a chance to get playing time for Pareja under a manager who rates him.

Dynamo defender Gordon Schildenfeld is looking to move away from Moscow and his agent has claimed that a number of English clubs are interested in his client. Schildenfeld has fallen out of favour at Dinamo and spent last season on loan at Greek side PAOK Salonika.

Low Chance:
Anzhi look set to miss out on Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony after Swansea reportedly had a €12 million offer accepted by the Dutch club. Bony has scored 52 goals in 71 games at Vitesse, including 37 in 36 this season.

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