Spartak : In the Russian Premier League on January 26, the second registration period of the 21/22 season opened. Until February 22, RPL clubs will be able to declare new players with whom they will fight for medals and places in European competitions. Or fight for survival – as it turns out. MK-Sport tells the details of the first day of the application.
Even before the start of the official bid campaign for the second part of the championship, the teams had already managed to present several surprises to their fans. At the same time, clubs have already spent more on their newcomers than in the previous two seasons, returning in terms of deal volume to pre-Covid levels.
The main “spender” was the Moscow “Spartak”. After the appointment of the Italian Vanoli to the post of head coach, according to the site transfermarkt, the red-whites spent more than 14.5 million euros on Nicholson , Klassen , Prutsev , Khlusevich and Svinov .
Of course, these figures are estimates and probably more agent fees will be added to them, but in general it turns out to be an impressive amount. And at the same time, it is likely that the leadership of Spartak will buy someone else before February 22. Among the possible candidates are the defenders of “Rostov” Kirill Bozhenov , estimated by the same transfermarkt at one million euros, and Danila Glebovfor four million. Also, the name of Mkhitaryan himself from Roma flashes in the media , and his cost is already more than 10 million euros. True, the likelihood of his coming to Spartak is still small.
Such activity is well justified. Next spring, Spartak turns 100 years old, and just entering the spring part of the Europa League from the first place in the group is clearly not enough for such a significant date. So far, the club are in ninth place in the Premier League, so the newly arrived Vanoli and his assistants will have to solve a difficult task.
However, Spartak not only buys. The club’s website reported that the Red and Whites had agreed with Feyenoord to sign midfielder Jorrit Hendrix . The 26-year-old Dutchman will play for the new team on loan until the end of June 2023. At the same time, the agreement spelled out the possibility of a subsequent redemption of the transfer by Feyenoord. For Feyenoord, Hendrix will play along with Gus Thiel , the rights to which also belong to Spartak.
“Zenith” in comparison with “Spartak” is more modest. Firstly, because he is already almost a champion. Unless Dynamo competes with him, as the Blue and White did in the first part of the season. Secondly, the head coach Semak has two full-fledged squads, and now it seems that the club’s management is more puzzled over who to attach where. Azmoun has already signed with Bayer Leverkusen starting next season,
having contracted covid during an unauthorized absence from the team along the way. Officially, he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, but the media are increasingly reporting that there is an active trade between the Germans and St. Petersburg so that the Turks leave for the Bundesliga this winter. And the amount of compensation in this case can be up to three million euros. In the second “on suitcases” sit Dziuba, Rakitsky and Ozdoev , their contracts also end this summer. And it is hardly reasonable to release not the worst players as free agents for nothing.
As for the newcomers, Ivan Sergeev has been bought here to strengthen the attack and Arsen Adamov. According to transfermarkt, Zenit spent just over seven million euros on them.
There was news on a possible newcomer to Zenit, striker of the Brazilian Internacional Yuri Alberto . The team’s press service tweeted that the player flew to St. Petersburg to complete negotiations on his transfer and undergo a medical examination. At the same time, it is alleged that the player will remain at Internacional until the summer of 2022.
Interestingly, the very first RPL club to officially announce the first players in this transfer window was Rostov, one of the main disappointments of the current championship. However, so far only young people are on the list – Sergey Kochkanyan , Alexander Silyanov , Daniil Sokolov and Stepan Melnikov – all born in 2001-2003. Recently, rumors have been circulating in telegram channels about problems with financing and the departure of its president Artashes Aratyunyants from the club – if this is true this time, then the fate of Rostov is alarming.
However, these are all rumors. In the near future, Rostov will be replenished by Magnus Knudsen from Lillestrom – his profile is already on the RPL website (probably from the old European Cup protocols), but he has not yet been included in the Rostov application. Oleksandr Selyava from Dynamo Minsk is also expected to move . At the same time, according to transfermarkt, Rostov’s “trade balance” is positive – the team earned more from its players than it spent.
CSKA has replenished with midfielder Jesus Medina (this was reported by the team’s website), and the Turkish midfielder of Lille Yusuf Yazici . Whose transition was accompanied by a scandal that has already cost some employees of the army club their jobs. At the same time, CSKA is the author of another, more pleasant achievement – for the 21/22 season, according to the same transfermarkt, the club earned more than 42 million euros from the transfers of its players. If this is true, then one can only be glad for Roman Babaev and his subordinates.
The army team also extended the contract with Konstantin Kuchaev and loaned him to Rubin. The midfielder was loaned by Kazan until the end of the 2021/22 season, according to the CSKA website. The agreement on Kuchaev also provides for the redemption of the transfer from CSKA. Before the transition, the player’s contract with the army team was extended until the end of the 2023/24 season.
The main competitor of Zenit in the fight for gold – Dynamo – acquired Fyodor Smolov from Lokomotiv . And this purchase has already caused controversy among fans of the team and specialists. Whether the general director of the blue and white Pavel Pivovarov and his assistants did the right thing will become clear soon. If Dynamo takes silver or, God forbid, gold, then any questions about this transfer will become rhetorical.
Midfielder Daniil Utkin from Akhmat is also expected at Dynamo, where he plays on loan from Krasnodar. The probability of an easy transition of the transfermarkt is still estimated at 30%.
And, finally, Lokomotiv, led by Gisdol, spent more than eleven million euros on two strikers Jan Kuhta and Wilson Isidore and a pupil of Shakhtar, defender Mampassi . Very soon they should be included in the application of the club.
Another very good news on the first day of the second bid period in the Premier League was the now official return of Ural defender Roman Yemelyanov , who had been recovering for a long time after spinal surgery back in May last year. The club included him in the application for the season, with which Roman can only be congratulated.