Unconfirmed reports coming out of Russia today are claiming that league champions Zenit St Petersburg are gearing up a sensational January swoop for Sunderland’s Darren Bent.
The Russians seem to have a bit of a thing for Bent at the moment, with web publication transfercentre.ru reporting earlier this week that the striker was, in fact, keen to extend his contract at Sunderland. However, Zenit are supposedly prepared to offer £10m for the player, who would be offered a lucrative four-and-a-half year deal.
Of course, it is extremely unlikely that this will ever happen; where to begin with the reasons why not?
Well, Sunderland would be loath to lose their star striker, particularly for as little as £10m. There is no conceivable reason why Bent would leave the Premiership to play in Russia; it would be a huge step down in his playing career, and quite frankly he would be mad to want to ply his trade in such an openly racist country.
Peter Odemwingie’s treatment at the hands of Lokomotiv Moscow fans is all Bent should need to know (I won’t do it the justice of describing it here, but if you didn’t hear about it, look it up).
So, likelihood of this actually happening? About 5%.
Why so high, you ask? Well, Zenit may not be the biggest club in the world, but they were the third-highest spending club in the world during the summer:
So a deal like this certainly wouldn’t be beyond them.
It’s certainly beyond the rest of us, though!
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