After the drama of the Transfer Window we have suddenly hit the lull of the post-window blues. However in some countries the window is still open including one of Europe’s biggest hitting leagues in the transfer market; Russia.
So while no players could be on their way to the Premier League there is every opportunity that we may see some players leaving our shores for the Russian Premier League before their transfer window closes on the 27th of February.
So just who could be on their way?
The Liverpool defender has fallen down the pecking order in recent games after a poor performance against Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup. Recently he has been linked with a move to Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg; where he played for four years before he arrives at Anfield. A figure of £13 million has been mooted and despite being unlikely it is far from impossible.
Bentley had a loan-spell in Russia with FC Rostov for the first half of the season and while it may not have gone entirely to plan on a personal level he certainly enjoyed his time at FC Rostov. Fit again; could he head back out East?
Malouda is out of contract in the summer and astonishingly revealed he had not yet met current interim Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez as he continues his exile from the first team. Former boss Guus Hiddink is rumoured to be interested in bringing him in for £1.6 million.
The German has struggled to settle in to life in London due to injury and poor form and was recently rumoured to be the subject of a bid from CSKA Moscow. A loan move could do him the world of good.
Although the general consensus revolves around the Russian playmakers desire to stay in the south of England a move back to his homeland may become his only option.
The Nigerian caused farcical scenes on deadline day as he tried to force a move to QPR. The striker was born in Uzbekistan and started his youth career with Russian sides KAMAZ and CSKA before a three year stint with Lokomotiv Moscow. However he also suffered racist abuse in Russia so a return may seem unlikely.
The Croatian has been in-and-out of the first team at Craven Cottage in recent weeks despite appearing to be one of the summer’s greatest bargains. He was a popular figure of Slaven Bilic when the former Everton man was in charge of the Croatia national team and bringing him to Lokomotiv would be great business.
Described as a wonderkid early in his career and pursued by the likes of AC Milan the 20-year-old now faces an uphill battle to get in the first-team picture at Newcastle. Could Russia offer the Slovenian an escape route?
There are currently four Poles playing in the Russian Premier league - all at Terek Grozny. The club doesn’t currently have a permanent keeper of their own and the injury prone stopper is surplus at Arsenal and recently returned to full fitness.
One of QPR’s flopped stars there is every chance he could be moved on if a Russian club gets in touch. Quite a few Portuguese players have made the venture to Russia in the past so could Bosingwa join that list.
Do you think any of these players could be on their way to Russia?
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