Zenit St Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun is going nowhere during the January transfer window despite reported interest from Premier League giants Arsenal, the Iranian’s agent told Match TV, via Soccer RU.
In the aftermath of Friday’s 3-1 triumph over Aston Villa, Gary Lineker said what we were all thinking.
The lack of starts afforded to Alexandre Lacazette in recent months, he said, was nothing short of ‘bewildering’.
Yes, the Frenchman can look a little laboured at times, a little wasteful in the final third but, on days like this, there is no more effective centre-forward in Mikel Arteta’s squad.
Wearing number nine but playing like a number ten, Lacazette not only provided an invaluable outlet in the final third, knitting midfield to attack throughout, he also hassled and harried a Villa side playing arguably their worse 60 minutes of football of the Dean Smith era into submission.
But with Lacazette out of contract next summer – and with an extension looking unlikely as things stand – Arsenal may have little choice but to enter the market in search of a replacement for a man who set them back £46 million and could be about to leave for free.
Enter Azmoun (Onze Mondial).
Well, on second thoughts, perhaps not.
“Azmoun will not leave Zenit,” his agent said of a striker who took his tally to eight for the season with a brace in the 7-1 battering of Spartak Moscow, all the while bringing an early end to a transfer saga that never really got going.
Lyon have also been linked with a man who received ‘an offer’ from Tottenham Hotspur over the summer.
“If he leaves the club, it will definitely not be this season,” his agent adds, laughing off speculation regarding a switch to Ligue 1.
“At Zenit, he receives over 6 million euros a year (around £100,000-a-week). I don’t think the French will offer him that kind of money.”
Azmoun, like Lacazette, is due to become a free agent in 2022.
Reading between the lines, though, it seems that one is far more likely to sign a contract extension than the other right now.