Etienne Capoue, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Romelu Lukaku and more.
The Portuguese manager flopped during his time in London but he could utilise his connections in the capital to try and poach several players from his former clubs as he looks to strengthen in the summer.
Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur)
Capoue was widely linked with a move away from Spurs last winter and a deal nearly happened for him to head off to Serie A with Napoli.
That shows that Tim Sherwood doesn’t have a great deal of faith in the Frenchman and he could be a good holding player for Zenit.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur)
Featured prominently for Spurs last season under AVB playing down the left, which enabled Gareth Bale to play in a central role.
He’s a hard worker and a midfielder who can cover multiple options. The ideal utility man for AVB, or any other top flight boss, to go after.
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur)
Kaboul has all the skills needed to form a classic centre back.
He’s big, he’s powerful and he’s quick over short distances.
If AVB feels that he needs to strengthen the Zenit backline then Kaboul could be one of the defensive candidates from his former clubs that he goes after.
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
There have been strong recent indications that Lukaku could be axed by the Blues at the end of the season.
He could be a good player for AVB to invest in if Zenit are forced to offload Hulk and importantly they can offer him what he wants in terms of Champions League football as Zenit are in the mix for a European place.
Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea)
Similarly, he could also go after someone like Eto’o who already has experience of playing in Russian football.
His contract with the Blues expires at the end of the season and he could be tempted back to Russia by a very lucrative deal which would help compensate for any Hulk departure.