Russian giants Zenit have agreed a deal to sign central defender Vukasin Jovanovic from Red Star Belgrade, according to the Serbian club.
The Serbian giants had recently rejected a €2.3 million offer from Bordeaux for the talented footballer, but ultimately decided to accept a proposal from the Russian club, believed to be worth around €2.5 million.
The two clubs are both sponsored by Gazprom and Red Star chairman Zvezdan Terzic admits the world-famous gas company had a hand in the deal.
“Red Star quickly reached an agreement with Zenit. Foremost, out of respect for our mutual sponsors Gazprom and Zenit’s huge desire to sign Jovanovic,” Terzic told Serbian news agency Tanjug.
The club president also went to reveal that the player and his representatives were currently negotiating personal terms with the Russian club, but everything suggests an agreement will be reached soon.
After coming through the club’s famous youth academy, the 19-year-old went on to make 32 league appearances, scoring 2 goals, while he also helped Serbia lift the Under-20 World Cup trophy last summer in New Zealand.