Now in charge at Manchester United there is a consensus that David Moyes may consider a move for some of the players that the financial restrictions placed on him at Everton always prevented him from going for.
One such player that we have suggested he might go for is Russian under-21 international Denis Cheryshev.
It was confirmed in November 2012 that Moyes had made a €6 million bid for the player currently playing for the ‘B’ team at Real Madrid.
We advocated this deal as the player obviously has bags of potential and now that Moyes has the requisite transfer funds at his disposal it may be a deal he wants to look into.
But if Moyes does want to conclude such a deal then he may want to move fast, very fast in fact, because the youngster is no longer going under the radar.
Russia’s Under-21 European Championship campaign has been as disappointing as England’s (and Germany’s for that matter) with the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Holland the final cherry atop this upside down cake.
But Cheryshev has perhaps been the only player to come out of it with any credit after his two impressive performances in the competition; including Russia’s only goal.
And it seems that form has sparked teams in his homeland into life; in particular Spartak Moscow.
Russian daily Izvestia reports that while the likes of fellow Russian clubs Anzhi and Zenit St Petersburg as well as Bayer Leverkusen and SL Benfica have also made contact with Real Madrid for his services it is Spartak who are in discussions with the player.
The report goes on to claim that the young winger is bored of waiting for his first-team opportunity in Spain and is ready to leave the country where he has played since he was five-years-old.
It appears that Spartak are ready to offer the 22-year-old, who made his first senior Russian appearance in November last year, a four-year deal with more assurances of first-team football; especially with direct rival Aidy McGeady expected to leave for England this summer.
With the fact we are entering a World Cup year and Fabio Capello has shown a tendency to pick more domestic based players in the past a move to Moscow makes perfect sense.
If Moyes was interested in adding some strength in depth on the left hand side of his midfield it appears that Spartak seem to be ahead in this race. With Cheryshev entering the final year of his contract; be sure that Real will be ready to cash in.
But never mind David; I hear Aidy McGeady is available…
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