Arsenal and Tottenham look set to rival each other in the race for young Russian youngster Alan Dzagoev’s signature. It is believed that a bid of £12m will be required to land the CSKA Moscow midfielder.
Dzagoev is regarded as Russia’s brightest young talent, having become the youngest outfield player to represent his country. His performances this season have led CSKA to the top of the table, four points ahead with a game in hand over second-placed Zenit St. Petersburg.
After a fantastic first year with CSKA after which Dzagoev was named Young Player of the Year, a host of European clubs began to take notice of the midfielder. Real Madrid were reported to be close to a bid but were rebuffed by the player himself who decided both to stay put and to look for a move to the Premiership when the time cam to move on.
Footybunker.com claims both Harry Redknapp and Arsene Wenger have made “discreet enquiries into the availability” of Dzagoev. Whichever manager succeeds in their attempts to sign the 21-year-old, there would inevitably be speculation about the potential for key players Luka Modric and Samir Nasri to leave White Hart Lane and The Emirates respectively.
Dzagoev would play a similar role as both Modric and Nasri. The key to this transfer could be which club can hold on to their star men.