CSKA Moscow have announced the signing of Russia captain Roman Shirokov from league rivals Spartak Moscow.
The experienced midfielder arrives on a six-month contract with an option to extend his stay at the end of the season.
CSKA Moscow secured the signing on a free transfer, with Shirokov having previously left Spartak Moscow by mutual consent.
It is believed that coach Leonid Slutsky, who also works with the 34-year-old in the Russia national team, was desperate to add the highly rated midfielder to his ranks.
And having succeeded in his quest, he will now have one of country’s top midfielders at his disposal.
Everybody was surprised to see Spartak Moscow allow their star player to leave midway through the season, and chances are they will live to regret the decision.
In spite of being in an advanced stage of his career, Shirokov remains a key member of the Russia national team and is set to captain the side at the Euro 2016 finals bar any surprises.