There once was a time when Serbian winger Milos Krasic was one of Europe’s most highly sought after European talents. He first caught the eye playing for CSKA Moscow - with his long blonde hair and fast dribbling ability earning him comparisons to the likes of legendary Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved. It was around this time he caught the eye of Manchester United.
CSKA Moscow faced Manchester United in the Champions League Group Stage in 2009-10. Both home and away the performance of Krasic amazed Sir Alex Ferguson, with his pace and raw ability to take players on down the flanks an attribute Fergie was impressed with.
In the 3-3 draw between the sides in November 2009 Krasic was by far the best player on the Old Trafford turf that night. He gave Fabio a torrid time and swapped wings indiscriminately with Alan Dzagoev to terrorise Gary Neville on the opposite flank.
When he coolly rounded Edwin Van Der Sar to grab CSKA’s second goal of the game it was just reward for his exceptional performance.
After that performance interest in the player was palpable, with Manchester United said to be the front runners in landing the player for £15 million in the summer of 2010.
In the end, Juventus could not resist bringing in a player so physically akin to their club legend Nedved, and pipped United to his signature for the cool sum of €17.5 million.
His career in Turin started well, even netting an early hat-trick against Cagliari. However he soon suffered with injury problems and a rapid dip in form. In his second season with the Bianconeri he played just nine games as they were crowned Italian champions.
Last summer he was sold to Turkish side Fenerbahce for €7 million in a move that was supposed to help rebuild his career - but he has again been disappointing.
In 2012-13, Krasic featured just 13 times in the Super Lig - scoring one goal. With new quotas on foreign players coming into effect this summer, Turkish clubs are looking to rid themselves of any unwanted talent not want in Russia.
Krasic could be just such the player, and Russian daily Izvestia claims he is on the verge of his summer switch.
Just three years after his big money Italian switch he is set to join obscure Russian outfit FC Krasnodar.
The report suggests that he will join Krasnodar on a one-year-loan with a £5 million option agreed should his time be a success.
United were once ready to do battle for this player, at a rather handsome sum - yet not so long later he could be about to join a team who were a second division Russian team at the time.
What do you make of Krasic’s demise?
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