Russia captain Igor Denisov has been lighting up the gossip columns in recent weeks as he is being linked with a January move to the Premier League after a fall out with current club Zenit St Petersburg (the Mirror). However with no shortage of Premiership suitors, just where will Denisov end up come January?
Denisov has been embroiled in a wage row at Zenit St Petersburg where he has been demoted to training with the youth and reserve teams. The Russian criticised the clubs wage structure after the £72million double signing of Hulk and Axel Witsel, claiming the duos salaries were too high.
So now a host of Premier League clubs are on high alert and ready to move in for the combative midfielder. Denisov, 28, has a good reputation in Russia and even captains the national side as his box to box nature and reliable quality make him a useful player. Arsenal, Manchester and Liverpool are the Russians most likely destinations but which club is he more suited to?
The Emirates isn’t a bad shout, Denisov has good composure on the ball and could be just the ideal steel in the midfield Arsenal seem to be missing at times. Along with Andrei Arshavin’s decision to stay at Arsenal, it could convince Denisov to make the switch to London and give the gunners title hopes that extra boost.
However, as for Denisov to Anfield, for me it’s a no go. Liverpool have already spent big on sitting midfielder Joe Allen this season and competition for places in the reds midfield is already pretty busy with Allen, Gerrard, Shelvey and Sahin in good form.
So perhaps Denisov is off to Manchester as both the red and blue halves chase his signature. The possibility of joining United is looking a little thin at the moment with the competition for places more feisty than ever as Anderson, Cleverley, Carrick, Fletcher and Scholes are occupying the central midfield positions. Although, I wouldn’t write off this deal just yet as Denisov does fill a role in the United midfield that they have struggled with by protecting the back four.
However it is with the Premier League champions where Denisov will probably end up. City will look to handle the strain of the Premier League title defence and Champions League chase with more acquisitions in January and Denisov could just be the perfect man to bolster their midfield. The blues seem to be leaking goals left right and centre this season and could do with a holding player with a bit of pedigree as Rodwell doesn’t look ready yet to keep that City midfield together.
Although there are plenty queuing up to take the Russian to England, Denisov could just as easily turn around his career at Zenit with a heartfelt apology. Whatever happens in the coming months, this is certainly one transfer soap opera to keep an eye on.