Four newcomers of “Krasnodar”, the soap opera “Zenith” and the signing of Vlašić CSKA: what you need to know about the favorites of the RPL
The current champion "Zenit" in the summer replenished the composition of only two newcomers, one of whom was Alexey Sutormin. First, the midfielder moved to Rubin, but a week later he moved to St. Petersburg. In turn, CSKA managed to buy out a contract from Nikola Vlašić from Everton, and Krasnodar, which is preparing to debut in the Champions League, bought four players at once.
Approximate composition: Alexander Maksimenko - Ayrton Lukas, George Jikia, Samuel Zhigo, Nikolai Rasskazov - Roman Zobnin, Fernando - Zelimkhan Bakayev, Sofian Hanni, Lorenzo Melgarejo - Luiz Adriano (Esequiel Ponce).
The current offseason was the first for Spartak after coming to the post of general director of the club, Thomas Zorn, but the personnel revolution did not follow this appointment. Rather, the summer continued the process of updating the team, started in the winter.
Contracts with perennial leaders of red and white - Dmitry Kombarov and Denis Glushakov were terminated, and with Salvatore Bokketti, the term of the agreement came to an end.
Zé Luis also left Moscow. According to the authoritative portal Transfermarkt, Porto paid € 8.5 million for the forward from Cape Verde, plus bonuses for player achieving different results.
To replace him, Roma acquired a 22-year-old striker Esequiel Ponce, who scored 21 goals in the last season as part of the Greek club AEK. True, the Argentines have not yet managed to open an account of goals in Spartak.
In addition to Ponce, the capital club bought a 20-year-old goalkeeper Andrea Romagnoli from Roma, who will play for Spartak-2. In the future he moved to the camp of the red-and-white and the German midfielder Malcolm Badu.
However, the transfer activity of Muscovites may not end there. If you believe the media, the club is seriously interested in the talented Romanian midfielder Janis Haji, and in the winter is ready to sign a contract with the first number of the Russian national team - Marinato Guilherme.
Among other events, the appointment of Georgy Jikia as captain of the team should be highlighted. At the same time, Roman Zobnin became the vice-captain.
As for the results demonstrated by “Spartak” in the offseason, in the Parimatch Cup red-whites took only the third place. However, perhaps this is for the better: in a similar tournament in winter, Oleg Kononov's wards performed brightly, and then they had functional problems.
Approximate composition: Igor Akinfeev - Mario Fernandez, Zvonimir Sharlia, Victor Vasin (Igor Diveev), Herdur Magnusson - Ilzat Akhmetov, Ivan Oblyakov, Arnor Sigurdsson, Nikola Vlasic - Fedor Chalov, Yaka Biyol.
The main task for the summer for CSKA was the signing of a full-fledged contract with Nikola Vlasic, and the army team coped with it perfectly. According to Transfermarkt, the capital club paid Everton for the Croat € 15.7 million. Another € 1.5 million went to buy Igor Diveev's agreement from Ufa.
And with Rodrigo Bekao failed to agree. In the Italian Udinese, the Brazilian was offered the best conditions, and he went to conquer Serie A. He was replaced by another young defender, a 22-year-old Croat Zvonimir Charly.
The football player moved to CSKA for a year, and the Russian club received the right of immediate redemption of a promising player.
The rest of the army team will start the season in the same composition. It seems that Muscovites will be able to keep even Mario Fernandez. In any case, Yevgeny Giner said that the naturalized Brazilian will not leave the team.
The only thing that could upset the fans was an unsuccessful performance at the Parimatch Cup. As part of the tournament CSKA suffered three defeats and took the last place. However, the coaching staff urged not to react to the results of control meetings, especially since in the last friendly game before the start of the new season, the red-blue defeated Rubin 4-0, and Arnor Sigurdsson was noted with a hat-trick.
Approximate composition: Matvey Safonov - Sergey Petrov, Alexander Martynovich, Urosh Spaich, Dmitry Skopintsev (Dmitry Stotsky) - Kayo (Yuri Gazinsky, Ruslan Kambolov), Christopher Olsson, Tonni Villen - Wanderson, Younes Namli (Victor Klasson) - Ari (Ivan Ignatiev ).
Of all the Russian top clubs, the composition of Krasnodar has undergone the maximum changes. First, the southerners needed reinforcement in the light of the Champions League debut. Secondly, the team suffered serious losses in the center of the field: Charles Kabore and Mauricio Pereira left Krasnodar, while Yuri Gazinsky and Viktor Klasson suffered serious injuries.
They were replaced by the club acquired Tonni Villena (“Feyenoord”), Kayo (“Santa Clara”), Younes Namli (PEC Zwolle) and Ruslan Kambolov (“Rubin”). Totally on these four players, Krasnodar spent about € 15 million.
However, this transfer campaign Southerners may not end. The head coach of the team, Murad Musayev, at a meeting with the fans, said that he was waiting for a couple of newcomers.
Meanwhile, the Bronze medalist of the RPL held a memorable Parimatch Cup in a significantly renewed composition. Wards Musaev beat CSKA, Spartak and Rostov and won the trophy.
In the city, on the occasion of the debut of the team in the Champions League, there is a real stir. So, in early July, the club announced record sales of season tickets. Krasnodar has already implemented almost 12 thousand seasonal “drivings”. Southerners were presented with a new form, which, as always, turned out to be quite stylish.
Approximate composition: Marinato Guilherme - Maciej Rybus, Vedran Chorluka, Solomon Kverkvelia (Murilo), Dmitry Zhivoglyadov (Vladislav Ignatiev) - Grzegorz Kryhovyak, Dmitry Barinov - Alexey Miranchuk, Anton Miranchuk, Rifat Zhemaletdinov - Fedor Smolovyk
Several former leaders left Lokomotiv at once. Back in May, the contract with Igor Denisov was terminated, and in the summer Dmitry Tarasov, Taras Mihalik and Manuel Fernandes followed the exit from the club.
The only loss, for which the coaching staff Yuri Semin was clearly not ready, was the departure of 18-year-old midfielder Khvichi Kvaratskhelia. The Georgian was in the team on loan, but few doubted that a full-fledged contract would be signed with a promising player.
However, a week before the match for the Super Bowl with Zenit, Kvaratskhelia unexpectedly left the location of the railway workers, and soon found himself in Rubin. Semin did not hide his disappointment, and even admitted that he cried when he learned about leaving Hvichi.
With regard to acquisitions, the club once again correctly dotted increased in the transfer market. First, for € 12 million was bought from PSG Grzegorz Kryhovyak. Secondly, defenders Murilo and Dmitry Zhivoglyadov joined the vice-champion. Both were in the starting lineup for the game with Zenit.
Thirdly, the club managed to extend the contract with the progressing incredible pace Dmitry Barinov. But to agree with Guilherme is not yet possible. At the meeting with the fans, Marinato explicitly stated that the club was not making enough efforts to do this. If the parties do not come to a consensus, in the winter the naturalized Brazilian may end up in Spartak.
“Locomotive” requires amplification and the line of attack due to a serious injury to Jefferson Farfan. However, even personnel problems did not prevent the wards of Semin from beating Zenit in the match for the Super Bowl.
Approximate composition: Andrei Lunev - Douglas Santos (Yuri Zhirkov), Branislav Ivanovich, Yaroslav Rakitsky, Igor Smolnikov - Sebastian Driussi, Magomed Ozdoyev, Vilmar Barrios, Alexey Sutormin (Emiliano Rigoni) - Artem Dzyuba, Serdar Ammun.
Paradox, but the current champion of the country "Zenith", along with "Orenburg", has long remained one of the few RPL clubs that did in the summer without acquiring beginners.
However, in early July, the Petrograd squad joined the Brazilian left-back Douglas Santos from Hamburg, for whom the club paid € 12 million, and then the transfer melodrama with Alexey Sutormin ended.
The midfielder, who brightly showed himself last season, first moved to Rubin, but a week later he changed the club again. At the same time, the leadership of the RPL emphasized that all transitions were carried out within the rules.
But the “Zenith” left a whole group of players. Four football players at once - Ivan Novoseltsev, Elmir Nabiullin, Dmitry Poloz and Ibrahim Tsallagov - went on loan to Sochi. According to media reports, in Italy, Ernani and Emiliano Rigoni can continue their careers. And the injured vice-champion of Europe Claudio Marchisio decided to terminate the contract with the club by mutual consent of the parties.