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Zhirkov was close to joining Zenit

Nemanja Lazarevic in Transfer News & Rumours 11 Sep 2015

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Russian daily newspaper Izvestia understands that Dynamo Moscow full-back Yuri Zhirkov could have joined Zenit in the final stage of the summer transfer window.

As soon as the Russian Premier League chiefs announced that new rules would forbid clubs from fielding more than six foreigners in league games, Zenit made a move on the Russia international.

The side from Sankt Petersburg began talks with Zhirkov’s agent while hoping to offload Domenico Criscito and Cristian Ansaldi, but they eventually failed in their quest.

And while the Dynamo Moscow star was tempted by the prospect of representing Zenit in the Champions League, Domenico Criscito opted to remain at the club, thus ending hopes that the deal would be completed.

With Zhirkov requesting a three-year contract worth just short of €4 million per campaign, the Russian champions decided to pull out of the transfer.

The 32-year-old has since helped Russia record a very important win over Sweden, starting at left-back and producing a good performance before he was replaced by Oleg Kuzmin.

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Nemanja Lazarevic


Working as editor-in-chief at Soccernews.com, Nemanja Lazarevic is responsible for organising and managing the team of writers to ensure the content produced on the site meets high industry standards and remains interesting to our readers. As our go-to guy for the football transfer news, he uses an extensive experience in the industry to dig up latest transfer stories from local sources.

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