Zenit St Petersburg wanted to sign West Ham’s Nikola Vlasic, Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu and Newcastle United’s Miguel Almiron before they all moved to the Premier League, the club’s chief scout says sports express.
Zenit is the dominant force in Russian football these days, having won the RPL title in each of the last three seasons and six times since 2010.
But how many more trophies would have been theirs if the 2008 UEFA Cup winners had gotten their hands on a trio of players, all currently based in England?
It is well documented that Vlasic had a foothold in St Petersburg before negotiations broke down last summer, allowing West Ham to secure a £20m deal for a man moving to CSKA Moscow to become an RPL player of the year 2020 was appointed.
“The most logical option was to add Vlasic to our list. Because this is a top-class footballer who excelled in the RPL,” explains Konstantin Shipulin.
“Another thing is that we had other candidates. And we have yet to understand if this is the best option. Yes, Vlasic plays at a top RPL club, but maybe we can find someone better?
“When it comes to an expensive football player, you have to buy him because he’s the best, not because he’s from the RPL.
“It was easy to assume that it would be extremely difficult (to sign Vlasic). Why would CSKA sell a player to a rival?”
what could have been
Shipulin, a man who plays a key role in Gazprom Arena recruitment, admits Soyuncu and Almiron’s contracts were also abandoned before the Turkey and Paraguay internationals landed in Leicester and Newcastle respectively.
“For various reasons, including non-football ones, the transfer (for Soyuncu) had to be called off,” adds Zenit’s chief scout.
“Miguel Almiron could have gone to Zenit. A lot of work has been done on this. But for some reason it didn’t work.
“We considered Hakim Ziyech for number ten when he was at FC Twente. And at the 2017 South American Youth Championship in Ecuador, I saw a whole group of players live.
“Including (Everton’s) Richarlison, (Aston Villa’s) Douglas Luiz and (Inter Milan’s) Lautaro Martinez.”
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